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Bezalip SR (Bezafibrate)

Also Known as Bezlip Mono, Calberzol XL


Bezalip SR (Bezafibrate)

Prescription Required


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    Bezalip SR is a medication that can be prescribed to treat cholesterol disorders. It is indicated for treating abnormally high lipids (hyperlipidemia) and abnormally high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia).

    Bezalip SR works by increasing the number of certain enzymes in the body that help to break down the types of cholesterol called VLDL and triglycerides. It also prevents the body from making more triglyceride molecules.

    Bezalip SR medication has not been approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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    US: Rx-only

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    2 hours

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    Bezalip SR

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    The dosage of Bezalip SR is usually 400 mg by mouth once daily.

    This medication may be taken with or without food.


    The active ingredient in this product is bezafibrate. It belongs to a class of medications called fibrates.


    Bezalip SR has significant drug-drug interactions. Tell your doctor and pharmacy about all medications you are taking, including:

    • Acipimox
    • Atorvastatin
    • Bile Acid Sequestrants
    • Ciprofibrate
    • Colchicine
    • Cyclosporine
    • Ezetimibe
    • Glimepiride
    • Glipizide
    • Glyburide
    • Lovastatin
    • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
    • Raltegravir
    • Rosuvastatin
    • Simvastatin
    • Ursodiol
    • Warfarin


    This medication can cause mild increases in some liver enzymes. Tell your doctor if you have liver problems before starting this medication.

    Cholesterol medications have been associated with muscle pain and wasting (rhabdomyolysis). This condition is rare but serious. It is more common when taking multiple medications for cholesterol.

    Use is not recommended for adults over 70 years of age.

    Side Effects

    Bezalip SR side effects may include:

    • Anemia
    • Bronchitis
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhea
    • Dizziness
    • Dyspepsia
    • Eczema
    • Epigastric distress
    • Erythema
    • Gastritis
    • Flatulence
    • Headache
    • Increased kidney enzymes
    • Increased liver enzymes
    • Insomnia
    • Migraine
    • Nausea
    • Pain
    • Pharyngitis
    • Pruritus
    • Urticaria

    If your side effects are severe or long-lasting, talk to your doctor. You may need a different medication.


    Bezalip [package insert]. Mississauga, ON: Allergan; 2019.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Bezalip SR (Bezafibrate)

    What is Bezalip SR (Bezafibrate)?

    Bezalip SR is a medication that contains the active ingredient Bezafibrate. It belongs to a class of drugs known as fibrates and is used to treat high levels of fats (lipids) in the blood, including high cholesterol and triglycerides.

    How does Bezalip SR work?

    Bezalip SR works by reducing the levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in the blood while increasing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). It helps improve the balance of lipids in the bloodstream.

    Who should take Bezalip SR (Bezafibrate)?

    Bezalip SR is typically prescribed to individuals with elevated cholesterol or triglyceride levels, especially when dietary and lifestyle changes alone are insufficient to control these lipid levels.

    What are the common side effects of Bezalip SR?

    Common side effects of Bezalip SR may include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea. Muscle pain or weakness can also occur. Be sure to report any unusual or severe side effects to your doctor.

    How is Bezalip SR taken?

    Bezalip SR is usually taken orally in the form of extended-release tablets. The dosage and frequency will depend on your specific condition and your doctor's instructions. It's important to take it as prescribed.

    Can I take Bezalip SR with other medications?

    Inform your healthcare provider about all the medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions. Some medications may interact with Bezalip SR, so your doctor can make appropriate adjustments.

    Is Bezalip SR safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

    If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, discuss the use of Bezalip SR with your healthcare provider. They will assess the risks and benefits to determine if it is safe for you.

    Can I stop taking Bezalip SR once my lipid levels improve?

    Do not stop taking Bezalip SR without consulting your healthcare provider, even if your lipid levels improve. Stopping the medication prematurely may result in a recurrence of high cholesterol or triglycerides.

    Is Bezalip SR available over-the-counter (OTC)?

    Bezalip SR is typically available by prescription only. It is not available as an over-the-counter medication.

    How long can I take Bezalip SR (Bezafibrate)?

    The duration of Bezalip SR treatment will depend on your individual lipid profile and your doctor's recommendations. Some individuals may require long-term use to maintain healthy lipid levels.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 12293

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