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  • US Name:

    Tricor

  • Israeli Names:

    Lipanthyl

  • Active Ingredients:

    Fenofibrate

  • Brand Manufacturer:

    Abbott

  • Manufacturer Location:

    France

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Tricor

Tricor (generic name: fenofibrate) targets “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and fats such as triglycerides, and raises “good” (HDL) cholesterol. Tricor increases natural enzymes that break down fats in the blood.

Tricor has proven effective in reducing symptoms and recovery time of COVID-19 patients in recent Israeli studies.

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Tricor (generic name: fenofibrate) was patented in 1969, and has been prescribed for more than fifty years as a generic fat-lowering treatment for patients with raised levels of cholesterol. It is used especially to target “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and fats such as triglycerides, and to raise “good” (HDL) cholesterol in the blood. It works by increasing the natural enzymes that break down fats in the blood.

In recent studies in Israel, in a trial of 1500 admitted COVID patients, thirteen were already on a regular regimen of fenofibrate to reduce their lipid levels, and had been doing so before the coronavirus infected them. The observed effect was that these thirteen patients recovered far faster than expected from virus-induced pneumonia. Had these 13 patients responded to COVID-19 with the same level of severity as the others in the study, expectations would have been for at least two deaths, but in fact there were none. What’s more, the likelihood was for at least six ICU admissions for the fenofibrate patients, but there was only one ICU admission.

For the 1500 patients in the study, it was taking on average about 14 days to resolve their pneumonia, and although all the patients taking fenofibrate had developed pneumonia, it took them less than half that time to recover – just three to five days. Read more here

Fenofibrate is a widely used drug, and is safe to use in most cases. It may cause mild side effects, which should clear up after a few days. 

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • heartburn
  • pain in the back, joints or limbs
  • headaches

Sometimes, people report more severe side effects. 

It is important if you observe any of the following to stop the medication and consult with your healthcare professional or pharmacist:

  • muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness
  • fever
  • blistering or peeling skin
  • rash
  • trouble in breathing
  • changes in urination
  • abdominal pain
  • hives
  • pain in the upper back between the shoulder blades or under the right shoulder
  • stomach pain, especially in the upper right part of the stomach, along with  nausea and vomiting
  • redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, or warmth in one leg
  • shortness of breath, pain when breathing or coughing up blood
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, and eyes
  • difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • hoarseness

Fenofibrate is in a class of medications called antilipemic agents that work by speeding processes that remove cholesterol from the body. It is sold in the US under several brand names, and is available from IsraelPharm as Lipanthyl®. It is the 73rd most prescribed drug in America.

Tricor is typically prescribed along with a low-fat diet and exercise to reduce the amounts of fatty substances such as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and increase the amount of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) to lower the risk of heart disease. Atherosclerosis – the accumulation of cholesterol and fats on the walls of the arteries – decreases the volume of blood flow and so reduces the oxygen supply to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body. It increases the risk of heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks. 

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