What should be considered before administering medications that may cause severe hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels)?

Updated: Dec 19, 2019
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Do not start medications that may cause severe hypertriglyceridemia without first checking baseline triglycerides. These drugs may be used in patients with mildly elevated triglycerides and are not absolutely contraindicated in patients with significantly elevated triglycerides. Patients must be closely monitored, and a triglyceride-lowering medication should be instituted, if necessary.


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