Pencard Oral Tablets To Control Blood Fats

Pencard contains a combination of two active ingredients (Ezetimibe and Atorvastatin). Pencard is a medicine used to lower the levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Pencard raises levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).

Pencard lowers cholesterol in two ways:

  • Active ingredient Ezetimibe: reduces the absorption of cholesterol from food during the digestion of food from the gastrointestinal tract.
  • The active ingredient Atorvastatin, which belongs to the class of “statins”, blocks or inhibits the production of more cholesterol by the liver.

Pencard is used in patients who cannot control cholesterol levels by diet alone. You should stay on a cholesterol-lowering diet while taking this medicine. Pencard is used in addition to your cholesterol-lowering diet to treat:

  • High blood cholesterol, which is not adequately controlled with statin drugs alone.
  • in Heart disease,  Pencard reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes and reduces the possibility of coronary artery bypass grafting or angina attacks.

This medicine is intended for the treatment of adults and children over 10 years of age.

Pencard will not help you lose weight, it will only reduce the levels of fats in your bloodstream. Pencard is used (in addition to the diet) in the treatment of high blood cholesterol, and in the prevention of diseases caused by high cholesterol and blood fats.

How to use Pencard

  • Continue to take Pencard exactly as your physician has told you.
  • Although you are taking Pencard, you should continue to follow a low fat diet to lower your cholesterol level.
  • Pencard is usually taken once a day, and it is recommended to take it in the evening, and it can be taken with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose:  if you remember it on the same day, take the tablet as soon as you remember it, but if you remember it the next day, do not take an extra dose, just take your regular dose of Pencard, and continue to your regular schedule.
  • In general, try to take Pencard at least 2 hours before taking other medicines, or 4 hours after taking other medicines (especially cholestyramine).

Dosage

  • Your doctor will determine the appropriate concentration of Pencard, depending on your condition, other treatments you’re taking, as well as your general health.
  • Pencard tablets should not be divided. Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
  • Before starting Pencard, you must follow a diet to lower your cholesterol. You should also maintain this cholesterol-lowering diet while taking Pencard.
  • Adult dose: The dose is one tablet orally once a day.
  • Use in adolescents (10 to 17 years): The dose is one Pencard tablet orally, once a day .
  • Pencard should be taken in the evening. You can take the dose with or without food.
  • If your doctor prescribes Pencard with another cholesterol-lowering medicine that contains the active ingredient cholestyramine or another bile acid, you should take Pencard at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after taking it.

Side effects

Pencard is a combination of both (Atorvastatin & Ezetimibe), there are some side effects related to each drug.

Most common adverse reactions for Atorvastatin – (incidence >2% and greater than placebo) are: headache, nausea, myalgia, arthralgia, dizziness, asthenia, constipation, and abdominal pain.

Most common adverse reactions for Ezetimibe – (incidence >2% and greater than placebo) are: upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, arthralgia, sinusitis, pain in extremity, fatigue, and influenza.

Most common adverse reactions for Ezetimibe co-administered with a statin (incidence >2% and greater than statin alone) are: nasopharyngitis, myalgia, upper respiratory tract infection, arthralgia, diarrhea, back pain, influenza, pain in extremity, and fatigue.

Pencard may cause the following side effects, do not stop using your medicine cause of these side effects (which may not happen), just consult your medical care provider

  • Elevation in laboratory blood tests for liver function (transaminase enzymes).
  • Elevation in laboratory blood tests of the muscle enzyme CK (creatine kinase).
  • Bloating and abdominal pain.
  • muscle pain
  • Nausea (tendency to vomit).
  • vertigo
  • pain of the joints.

Pencard tablets may cause muscle pain

One of the most famous and most serious side effects that can be caused by drugs to lower cholesterol and blood fats, including Pencard, is muscle pain. It is known that, in some rare cases, muscle problems may be very serious, including muscle breakdown that can cause kidney damage, and may cause extremely rare cases of death.

The following factors increase the risk of developing Pencard-related muscular damage:

  • Taking high doses of Pencard.
  • Patients with kidney problems.
  • Patients with thyroid problems.
  • If over 70 years of age.
  • If you suffer from genetic disorders of the muscles.
  • If you have previously suffered from muscle pain as a result of taking cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Pencard Tablets may affect liver function

Your physician will perform a blood test before start treating you with  Pencard, in order to verify the extent of the proper functioning of the liver. The doctor may ask the patient to take blood tests to check how well the liver is performing its functions after starting treatment with Pencard.

Pencard – FAQs

When Does Pencard Take Effect?

2 to 4 weeks: blood tests are performed in order to see the effect of the drug on cholesterol levels, it may take 2 to 4 weeks to start see a diferances in your boold fat levels. Yours doctor will advise you to keep taking Pencard for a while according to your respone to the medicien.

When Should I Take Pencard Morning Or Night?

Pencard may be taken at any time of the day, with or without food.

Manufacturers of statins recommend that they are taken at night, on the basis of physiological studies which show that most cholesterol is synthesised when dietary intake is at its lowest.

Does Pencard Affect Sleep?

Pencard can cause insomnia: The most common side effect of all types of statins (including Pencard) is muscle pain, which can keep people who take them awake at night and unable to rest. if you feel a muscle pain, while on Pencard, consult your doctor.

Can Pencard Make You Tired?

Muscle problems, including muscle breakdown, can be serious in some people and rarely cause kidney damage that can lead to death. Tell your doctor right away if: You have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you have a fever or feel more tired than usual, while you take Pencard.

Pencard – medical care providers information

Indications And Usage

Pencard is a combination of Atorvastatin, an HMG CoA-reductase inhibitor (statin), and ezetimibe, a dietary cholesterol absorption inhibitor, indicated in adults:

  • As an adjunct to diet in patients with primary non-familial hyperlipidemia to reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLC).
  • Alone or as an adjuct to other LDL-C lowering therapies in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) to reduce LDL-C.

Dosage And Administration

  • Dosage range is 5 mg/10 mg to 40 mg/10 mg once daily.
  • Recommended dosage depends on the indication for usage, LDLC, and individual risk for cardiovascular events.
  • Assess LDL-C as early as 2 weeks after initiating Pencard, and adjust dosage as necessary.
  • Asian patients: Initiate at 5 mg/10 mg once daily.
  • Patients with severe renal impairment (not on hemodialysis): initiate at 5 mg/10mg once daily; do not exceed 10 mg/10 mg once daily.
  • Administer Pencard at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after administration of a bile acid sequestrant.
  • Administer Pencard at least 2 hours before administration of an aluminum and magnesium hydroxide combination antacid.

Contraindications

  • Active liver failure or decompensated cirrhosis
  • Hypersensitivity to any component of Pencard

Warnings And Precautions

Myopathy and Rhabdomyolysis

  • Risk factors include age 65 years or greater, uncontrolled hypothyroidism, renal impairment, concomitant use with certain other drugs, and higher Pencard dosage.
  • Discontinue Pencard if markedly elevated CK levels occur or myopathy is diagnosed or suspected. Temporarily discontinue Pencard in patients experiencing an acute or serious condition at high risk of developing renal failure secondary to rhabdomyolysis.
  • Inform patients of the risk of myopathy and rhabdomyolysis when starting or increasing Pencard dosage.
  • Instruct patients to promptly report unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, particularly if accompanied by malaise or fever.

Immune-Mediated Necrotizing Myopathy (IMNM)

Rare reports of IMNM, an autoimmune myopathy, have been reported with statin use.

Hepatic Dysfunction

  • Increases in serum transaminases have occurred, some persistent.
  • Rare reports of fatal and non-fatal hepatic failure have occurred.
  • Consider testing liver enzyme tests before initiating therapy and as clinically indicated thereafter.
  • If serious hepatic injury with clinical symptoms and/or hyperbilirubinemia or jaundice occurs, promptly discontinue Pencard.

Drug Interactions

  • Gemfibrozil or Cyclosporin: Avoid concomitant use with Pencard.
  • Antivirals: Avoid concomitant use of Pencard with certain antivirals and adjust the dose of Pencard with other antivirals.
  • Darolutamide: Do not exceed Pencard 5 mg/10 mg once daily.
  • Regorafenib: Do not exceed Pencard 10 mg/10 mg once daily.
  • Fenofibrates, Niacin, Colchine: Consider the risks and benefits of concomitant use with Pencard.
  • Warfarin: Obtain INR before Pencard initiation and monitor INR during Pencard dosage initiation or adjustment.

Use In Specific Populations

  • Pregnancy: May cause fetal harm.
  • Lactation: Breastfeeding not recommended during treatment with Pencard.
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