Acipimox

Description

Acipimox is used to reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the body. Monitoring of cholesterol levels is necessary while receiving this medicine. Maintaining a proper diet and adopting lifestyle changes will provide an additive effect.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Acipimox

  • Headache
  • Flushing or redness of skin
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Skin Rash
  • Itching of skin
  • Feeling hot
  • Pain in upper abdomen
  • Lack of energy

Uses of Acipimox

What is it prescribed for?

  • Hyperlipidemia IIa
  • Hyperlipidemia IIb
  • Hyperlipidemia IV
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Acipimox or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Severe renal impairment

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with severe kidney impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Liver impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with liver impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of liver function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Kidney impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with mild to moderate kidney impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with severe kidney impairment.

Other medicines

Acipimox may interact with many other medicines and may cause severe adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you inform the doctor about all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine with or without food. Do not take in larger amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable effects. Do not stop taking the medicine before completion of the course/without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by lowering the levels of bad cholesterol and increasing the levels of good cholesterol.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Antihyperlipidemic agents

Schedule

Schedule H

Acipimox - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 10 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB09055

[Internet]. 2018 [cited 10 December 2018]. Available from:

https://medsafe.govt.nz/Profs/Datasheet/o/Olbetamcap.pdf

Olbetam Capsules 250 - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (eMC) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 10 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/1357/smpc

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Information on this page was last updated on 15 May 2019

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