Dear Dr. Bloons: I know you’re a nutritionist and recommend healthy eating and lifestyle, but I wanted to tell you my story. A blood test at my last wellness check showed that my cholesterol levels were OK, but I have very high triglycerides. My family has a history of heart disease, so I’m still worried. My family doctor recently retired, started with a new nurse, and she prescribed Tricor for my triglycerides.
The results were almost instant. My numbers dropped from a very high to the normal range. I’ve been working on this 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 numbers. – FS, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Dear FS: Tricor is a brand name for a prescription drug based on the compound called fenofibrate. It is one of the medications that can help lower blood fats, including triglycerides. It’s great that you’ve had success. If you have not already done so, I recommend that you read the accompanying documentation about this medication.
If documentation is no longer available, consider visiting a website with consumer information about this compound. Pay special attention to possible interactions with other drugs and food-drug interactions (See the pages at b.link/quwac8). For example, if you are taking fenofibrate, you should avoid grapefruit juice and monitor your alcohol intake. Remember to contact your pharmacist or other health professional if you have questions or concerns.