Ciprofibrate: Uses, Precautions, Administration, Side Effects and Storage

This medication induces the reduction of plasma cholesterol and triglycerides.


These tablets are used to regulate cholesterol. Some lifestyle changes will also help reduce lipids: eat healthy foods, quit smoking, increase exercise and reduce the amount of salt in your diet.

If you develop unusual pains and pains in your muscles, contact your doctor for advice.

Lipid is another word for fat; cholesterol and triglycerides are types of lipids. When the concentration of lipids in the blood is too high, hyperlipidemia. Lipids occur naturally in our bodies and are also absorbed from our food.

If the lipid levels are too high, the excess fat deposits in the walls of our blood vessels. This can lead to patches such as small fatty lumps that develop within the lining of some blood vessels.

These patches can reduce blood flow and cause heart disease, stroke, and blood circulation problems.

High lipid levels do not make people feel sick, but they can cause problems if they are not treated.


Ciprofibrate helps prevent these long-term heart and circulation problems by reducing fat levels. Your treatment will be more successful if you follow your doctor’s healthy lifestyle advice.

You will likely be prescribed ciprofibrate if you have a high level of lipid called triglyceride. It can also be given for other types of hyperlipidemia, especially if other medications (called statins) are not suitable for you.


Some medications are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes medication can only be used if special precautions are taken. For these reasons, before you start taking ciprofibrate, your doctor must know:

  • If you are pregnant, trying to have a baby or breastfeeding.
  • If you have problems with the way your kidneys work or problems with the functioning of your liver.
  • If you have gallbladder problems.
  • If you have an underactive thyroid gland.
  • If you are taking other medications. This includes any medication you accept available to buy without a prescription, herbal medicines, and complementary medicines.
  • If you have ever had an allergic or bad reaction to a cure.


Before starting treatment, read the manufacturer’s printed information brochure from inside the package. It will give you more information about ciprofibrate and a complete list of the side effects you may experience while taking it.

Take ciprofibrate precisely as your doctor tells you to. The usual dose is 100 mg tablet daily. Usually, you can take ciprofibrate at the time that suits you best, but it is best to take your doses at the same time every day. This will help remind you to take the tablets regularly.

You can take ciprofibrate with or without food. Some people find it helpful to swallow the tablet with a drink of water.

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until the next day, skip the missed dose from the previous day and take the amount usually due. Do not take two doses simultaneously to make up for the forgotten dose.

Make the most of your treatment.

Try to meet your regular appointments with your doctor. This is so your doctor can verify your progress. You will have to have blood tests regularly during the first year of treatment with ciprofibrate. These are to confirm that your liver stays healthy.

Your doctor will advise you to eat a healthy diet, avoid drinking too much alcohol, reduce the amount of salt in your diet, quit smoking, and exercise regularly. Following this advice will also help you reduce your risk of developing heart and vascular diseases.

Treatment with ciprofibrate is usually long-term unless you experience an adverse effect. Continue taking the tablets unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Side effects

Along with its beneficial effects, most medications can cause unwanted side effects, although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains some of those associated with ciprofibrate.

The best place to find a complete list of side effects associated with your medication is the printed information leaflet from the manufacturer that came with the drug.

How to store ciprofibrate

  • Keep all medications out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from heat and direct light.

Important information

Never take more than the prescribed dose. If you suspect that you or someone else may have overdosed on this medication, go to your local hospital’s emergency and accident department. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.

This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people, even if their condition seems the same as yours.

If you buy any medication, check with a pharmacist that it is safe to take along with your other drugs.

If you have an operation or dental treatment, tell the person doing the therapy what medications you are taking.

Do not keep obsolete or unwanted medications. Take them to the local pharmacy that will discard them for you.

If you have any questions about this medication, ask your pharmacist.