Drugs in the fibrate family are used to improve levels of cholesterol and related lipids found in the blood. Fibrates are particularly helpful for individuals with high levels of triglycerides.
Medications in this category include:
- Clofibrate (Atromid-S)
- Gemfibrozil (Lopid)
- Fenofibrate (Tricor)
Possible Helpful Interaction
Fibrate drugs are known to raise homocysteine levels in the blood. High levels of homocycsteine have been associated with increased risk of heart disease, although a direct connection has not been proven.
In a double-blind, placebo controlled trial of 29 men taking fenofibrate, use of the B-vitamins folate (650m