Gemfibrozil - Side Effects

What is gemfibrozil?

Gemfibrozil belongs to the fibrates. Fibrates stimulate the enzymes which play a role in the storing, processing and burning of fat. As a result, reduces the amount of fat in the blood. In addition, fibrates have also a favorable influence on the form in which cholesterol is located in the blood.

Because of potential side effects with certain cholesterol-lowering drugs, the statins, this substance in Belgium is not on the market. In 2001 removed after a number of deaths by combination therapy with Cerivastatin latter means worldwide market. In the Netherlands Gemfibrozil is available on prescription.


Doctors prescribe it at too high blood fat, or a combination of too high in fat and high cholesterol.

Gemfibrozil side effects

 Fibrates stimulate the enzymes which play a role in the storing Gemfibrozil - Side Effects

At Times
  • Stomach or intestinal upset (nausea, abdominal pain, flatulence or diarrhea)

  • Headache, dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness
  • Skin rash, itching, redness
  • Numbness or tingling in the limbs
  • Impotence or reduction of libido

Very rare
  • Hair loss, sensitivity to sunlight
  • Muscle pain, weakness and muscle cramps
  • Liver inflammation
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Blood disorders


  • Blood thinners Acenocoumarol (Sintrom) and Phenprocoumon (warfarin)
  • Certain cholesterol-lowering drugs, namely statins. In combination with gemfibrozil, there is a greater risk of muscle disorders
  • Repaglinide (NovoNorm) used an agent in diabetes

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