Without a Prescription
Acipimox is a medicine based on the main ingredient Acipimox, a substance which acts by lowering the lipoprotein levels in the blood, in particular the low and very low density lipoproteins. While this can generally be done by dietary means alone, in some cases a diet regimen is not sufficient to control the low and very low density lipoprotein levels leading to the need to support the dietary therapy through medication.
Acipimox is generally prescribed in the case of patients that are suffering from such affections as cholesterol and triglyceride excess in their blood - generally medical conditions where the patients' lipids levels are too high. Acipimox may also be prescribed (in monotherapy as well as in combination with other medication) for the treatment of other medical conditions that are not listed here. If you have received a prescription for Acipimox and are unsure why, or if you would like to obtain additional information regarding the possible uses of this pharmaceutical product, it is best to seek the advice of your personal physician or that of a specialized health care professional such as a pharmacist.
Acipimox may not be safe for use in patients with decreased renal functions - in the presence of severe impairment the patient may not start a therapy course with Acipimox at all. Individuals suffering from peptic ulcers may not start a treatment course with Acipimox. Also, other medical conditions may affect your therapy course with Acipimox. Make sure that your prescriber is fully aware of your general health condition before starting a therapy course with Acipimox.
Acipimox may not be safe for use during pregnancy or lactation; if you are pregnant or breast feeding, it is best to seek the advice of your personal health care provider in order to determine the benefits and risks of the Acipimox therapy.
Acipimox should not be administered to individuals that are known or suspected to be allergic to Acipimox or any of the other ingredients of this pharmaceutical product.
Acipimox should be taken exactly as advised by the prescriber. He or she will provide a full list of intake guidelines, which should be followed closely throughout the course of the therapy. The exact therapy duration and number of daily intakes may vary from one patient to another. It is best that you continue taking the medicine for the full duration of the therapy; do not stop taking Acipimox sooner than recommended without consulting with your personal physician first.
The exact Acipimox dosage may vary from one patient to another depending on a number of factors. These are specific to each case, and as such the medicine dosage that will be prescribed to you will not be suitable for the treatment of another patient. Similarly, you should not use the Acipimox dosage that has been prescribed to another patient as the therapy may not yield the expected benefits. If you have any questions regarding your medicine dosage or if you are not sure what medication dosage to employ with each intake, you should ask your prescriber for further advice.
An overdose with Acipimox is a severe medical condition which may result in long term or permanent damage to your general health condition and as such should be avoided at all times. You should never exceed the recommended mediation dosage and you should not take Acipimox for longer than your prescriber has advised you to. If at any time you have suspicions regarding a possible overdose with Acipimox, you should call your personal health care provider or the local / regional poisons center. In severe situations you are strongly advised to seek emergency medical assistance by going to the nearest emergency room.
If you happen to miss one of your Acipimox intakes, it is best that you take it as soon as possible - unless another dose of the medicine is almost due. In such situations you are advised to completely skip taking the missed dose and continue taking the remaining doses on time. You should contact your physician and let him or her know about this matter, as corrective measures may be in order.
As most drugs, Acipimox may cause a series of side effects. However, the chances of this happening decrease if the medicine is taken exactly as recommended by the prescribing health care professional.
At the beginning of the Acipimox therapy you may experience a number of adverse reactions which will go away in time - they are caused by your organism adjusting to the medication. However, if any of these symptoms become persistent or particularly bothersome, it is best that you consult with your personal physician regarding this situation.
Acipimox may cause a number of severe side effects, characterized by signs and symptoms such as headaches, abdominal pain, heartburn, diarrhea, flushing, bronchospasm or eye dryness. Apart from these, susceptible individuals may experience an allergic reaction to the medicine, manifested through rashes, hives, swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat or breathing difficulties. If you begin experiencing any of the above you should contact your prescriber at once.
As with all pharmaceutical products, Acipimox may accidentally interact with other drugs and medicines leading to either of the medication therapies to change their effectiveness or causing side effects. In order to prevent that, it is best for you to make sure that your prescriber is fully aware of any other medicines you are currently taking - both over the counter and prescription drugs. While simultaneous therapy with certain medicines may only require dosage adjustments, in some cases you may not be able to start a treatment with Acipimox.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Acipimox may also be known as: