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Dear Doctor. Blonz: I know you are a nutritionist recommending a healthy diet and lifestyle, but I wanted to tell you my story. The blood test on my last wellness exam showed my cholesterol levels were okay, but I had very high triglycerides. My family has a history of heart disease so I remain concerned. My GP recently retired and I had started a new nurse and she was prescribing Tricor for my triglycerides.
The results were almost instant. My numbers went from very high to normal. I had worked on it with diet and exercise, but using Tricor was almost a miracle as for 20 years no one had any suggestions on how to lower my triglyceride levels. – FS, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Dear FS: Tricor is a brand name for a prescription drug that is based on the compound called fenofibrate. It is one of the drugs that can help reduce high levels of fat in the blood, including triglycerides. Thank you for your success. If you have not already done so, I recommend reading the documentation that came with this medication.
If the documentation is no longer available, you should visit a consumer information website about this compound. Pay special attention to possible drug and food interactions (see pages at b.link/quwac8). For example, if you are taking fenofibrate, you should avoid grapefruit juice and monitor your alcohol consumption. Be sure to contact your pharmacist or other healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.