What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides and cholesterol are both lipids, but triglycerides are fats that come from the foods we eat, cholesterol is not.1

If you continually take in more calories than your body burns, you could experience high triglycerides.2

good vs bad cholesterol; hdl vs ldl

How do you know if you have high triglycerides?

The recommended way to find out if you have high triglycerides is through a blood test called a lipoprotein profile. Working with your doctor by taking a simple blood test can help you determine if your triglycerides are high.1

Why do high triglycerides matter?

  • Increased risk of heart disease3
  • Increased risk of acute inflammation of the pancreas3
  • Increased risk of metabolic syndrome3

What factors contribute to high triglycerides?

Consuming more calories
(especially from carbohydrates and fats) than your body needs2

Some medications
(such as beta blockers, birth control pills, diuretics, or steroids) may have a side effect of elevated triglycerides2

Medical conditions
(such as poorly controlled diabetes, thyroid function problems, and liver or kidney disease) could lead to elevated triglycerides1,2

Some (rare) genetic conditions
may lead to high triglyceride levels2

How do you control triglycerides?

Triglyceride levels may be controlled through lifestyle changes. If your doctor feels that lifestyle changes haven’t made enough of a difference, he/she might prescribe medication.3

triglyceride diet; omega-3 fatty fish; monounsaturated oils

Eat right

  • Avoid sugary and refined foods, especially those made with white flour2
  • Cut calorie intake
  • Learn which fats are better for you—monounsaturated fat found in olive and canola oil is better for you than saturated fat in meat2
  • Consider more fish (like salmon and mackerel) that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to contribute to heart health2
exercise to lower triglycerides

Move more

  • Start exercising2
  • Lose excess weight—even 5 or 10 pounds can help2
sugar in alcohol

Don ’t forget

  • Limit your alcohol intake because alcohol is full of sugar and calories2
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USES AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Uses for TriCor® (fenofibrate) Tablets4

  • TriCor should only be used when other measures, such as diet and exercise, have not been enough.
  • TriCor is a prescription medicine used along with diet in adults to lower triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL (bad) cholesterol, and to increase HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • TriCor is also used along with diet in adults to lower severely high triglycerides. Improving blood sugar control in certain people with diabetes may prevent the need for cholesterol drug therapy.
  • TriCor was not shown to reduce the risk of having heart problems in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Important Safety Information for TriCor4

  • TriCor should not be taken by people with liver, gallbladder, or severe kidney disease; nursing mothers; or those allergic to any product ingredient.
  • TriCor has not been shown to lower your risk of having heart problems or a stroke.
  • TriCor can cause muscle problems. Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness may be a sign of a serious but rare muscle problem and should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. The risk of a serious muscle problem may be higher when Tricor is given with statins. If you take a statin tell your healthcare provider.
  • TriCor can cause liver problems. Blood tests are needed before and during treatment with TriCor to check for liver problems.
  • Some people require blood tests to check for kidney problems while taking TriCor.
  • TriCor may cause inflammation (swelling) of the gallbladder or pancreas. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including all prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.
  • TriCor may cause serious allergic-type reactions, blood clots, and possible changes in some blood test values.
  • If you are pregnant or may become pregnant, talk with your healthcare provider about TriCor. It is not known if TriCor will harm your unborn baby.
  • The most common side effects with TriCor include increases in liver or muscle enzymes measured by blood tests and congestion or allergy-like symptoms in the nose.

For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.

References: 1. Cleveland Clinic. Triglycerides & heart health. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/17583-triglycerides--heart-health. Accessed January 28, 2020. 2. Mayo Clinic. Triglycerides: why do they matter? https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/triglycerides/art-20048186. Accessed January 28, 2020. 3. US Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol With TLC. NIH publication No 06-5235. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/heart/chol_tlc.pdf. Published December 2005. Accessed January 28, 2020. 4. TriCor [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc.

Please see the full Prescribing Information for TriCor and discuss it with your doctor.

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USES AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Uses for TriCor® (fenofibrate) Tablets4

  • TriCor should only be used when other measures, such as diet and exercise, have not been enough.
  • TriCor is a prescription medicine used along with diet in adults to lower triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL (bad) cholesterol, and to increase HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • TriCor is also used along with diet in adults to lower severely high triglycerides. Improving blood sugar control in certain people with diabetes may prevent the need for cholesterol drug therapy.
  • TriCor was not shown to reduce the risk of having heart problems in patients with type 2 diabetes.