Make a Commitment to Improve Your Cholesterol Health
Managing your cholesterol problem requires commitment. And that includes working closely with your doctor to find a treatment plan that's right for you—and sticking with it.
A cholesterol management plan involves a combination of approaches that work together to improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Your doctor may recommend a plan for you to:
Eat a healthy diet
Diets with too much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol can lead to unhealthy cholesterol levels.1 Instead, choose a heart-healthy diet rich in:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- High-fiber foods
- Poultry (with the skin removed)
- Lean meats and fish
- Fat-free or low-fat dairy products
Get regular exercise
Not being physically active contributes to being overweight and can raise triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower HDL (good) cholesterol.1 Exercising regularly can help you:
- Lower triglycerides
- Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
- Raise HDL (good) cholesterol
Even mild activities, such as walking, household chores, and dancing can help if done regularly. Before starting any type of exercise, work with your doctor to develop a plan appropriate for your fitness level and other health conditions.
Manage your weight
Being overweight tends to affect cholesterol levels. Excess weight:
- Raises fatty triglycerides and bad cholesterol
- Lowers good cholesterol
Losing extra pounds may help lower your fatty triglycerides and bad cholesterol and raise your good cholesterol.1
Take cholesterol medication as prescribed
Your cholesterol management plan may include cholesterol medicine if diet, exercise, and weight management aren't doing enough to improve your cholesterol levels.1 Medicines to manage high cholesterol should only be used when diet and exercise alone have not been enough.
If you’re taking a statin medicine to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, but your other cholesterol numbers still aren’t where they need to be, you may have a high triglyceride level. Ask your doctor if your triglycerides are too high and if additional cholesterol medication is needed.
Uses and Important Safety Information You Should Know About TRILIPIX (fenofibric acid)
Uses for TRILIPIX® (fenofibric acid) delayed-release capsules
- TRILIPIX should only be used when other measures, such as diet and exercise, have not been enough.
- TRILIPIX is a prescription medication used along with diet to lower triglycerides and raise HDL (good) cholesterol in people at high risk of heart disease who have abnormal cholesterol levels and are taking a statin medicine to manage LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- TRILIPIX is also used along with diet to lower severely high triglycerides. Improving blood sugar control in certain people with diabetes may prevent the need for cholesterol drug therapy.
- TRILIPIX is also used to lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, and increase HDL cholesterol in people with abnormal cholesterol levels.
- TRILIPIX has not been shown to lower your risk of having heart problems or a stroke.
Important Safety Information for TRILIPIX
- TRILIPIX should not be taken by people with liver, gallbladder, or severe kidney disease, nursing mothers, or those allergic to any product ingredient.
- TRILIPIX can cause muscle problems. Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness may be a sign of a serious muscle problem and should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. Rarely, muscle-related problems can cause kidney damage and can be fatal. The risk of these side effects may be higher when TRILIPIX is used with a statin.
- Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take.
- Some people require blood tests to check for kidney problems while taking TRILIPIX.
- TRILIPIX can cause liver problems. Blood tests are needed before and during treatment with TRILIPIX to check for liver problems.
- TRILIPIX may cause inflammation (swelling) of the gallbladder or pancreas. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting.
- TRILIPIX may cause allergic-type reactions, blood clots, and possible changes in some blood test values.
- If you are pregnant or may become pregnant, talk with your healthcare provider about TRILIPIX. It is not known if TRILIPIX will harm your unborn baby.
- The most common side effects with TRILIPIX include headache, heartburn, nausea, muscle aches, and increases in muscle or liver enzymes that are measured by blood tests.
For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
If you cannot afford your medication, contact: www.pparx.org or call the toll-free phone number 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) for assistance.
1. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol with Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC). Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/chol_tlc.pdf. Last update December 2005. Accessed January 10, 2013.