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What are fibric acid derivatives?

Fibric acid derivatives are cholesterol medications whose exact mechanism of action is unknown. They are thought to reduce the formation and increase the breakdown of cholesterol and triglycerides. The most common side effects of this class of drugs are heartburn and stomach pain. These side effects usually decrease over time. People who take this drug also should have periodic liver function tests.

Examples:
  • Clofibrate (Atromid-S)
  • Fenofibrate (Tricor)
  • Gemfibrozil (Lopid)

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