An appropriate lipid-lowering diet should be followed before therapy and should continue during therapy.
Discontinue or changes medications that may ↑ hypertriglyceridemia (beta blockers, thiazide diuretics, estrogens) if possible prior to therapy.
PO: May be taken as a single 4-g dose or as 2 g twice daily. May be administered without regard to meals. Swallow capsules whole; do not open, dissolve, or chew.
Instruct patient to take medication as directed, not to skip doses or double up on missed doses. Take missed doses as soon as remembered, but if a day is missed, do not double doses the next day. Medication helps control but does not cure elevated serum triglyceride levels. Advise patient to read Patient Information sheet prior to starting therapy and with each Rx refill in case of changes.
Advise patient that this medication should be used in conjunction with diet restrictions (fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, alcohol), exercise, weight loss in overweight patients, and control of medical problems (such as diabetes mellitus and hypothyroidism) that may contribute to hypertriglyceridemia.
Advise patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to consult with health care professional before taking other medications.
Advise female patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding
Emphasize the importance of follow-up exams to determine effectiveness.
Lowering of serum triglyceride levels.
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