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Medications to Avoid

Discuss The Following With Your Prescribing Doctor

There are a number of medications and substances that are known to raise triglycerides.  People with FCS are advised not to take them, or to take them advisedly.  These include:

Oestrogen is the female sex hormone and is most likely to be prescribed for contraception or to manage the symptoms of menopause.


Diuretics, sometimes called water pills, treat a variety of conditions such as high blood pressure, glaucoma  (one of the complications of diabetes) and oedema (the build up of fluid in the body which causes your tissues to become swollen).

These are an anti-inflammatory medicine and can be prescribed for a number of conditions and are administered in a variety of ways.  Which route the medicine takes will affect the strength of the dose so that injections will be the strongest and a topical application (applied to your skin) will be the weakest.  Check with your doctor whether the strength and route of delivery of the corticosteroid will cause you problems.  For information about why you may be prescribed a corticosteroid please see here.

There is evidence that Tamoxifen, used for homorne-positive breast cancers, can raise tyriglyceride levels.  If you are prescribed Tamoxifen it is important that you discuss your LPLD/FCS status with your treating physician, and ask them to explain the risk.  (See a research paper here)

Alcohol is known to raise triglycerides in the blood.  For a fuller discussion on alcohol see ‘Living with FCS‘.

Smoking is known to raise triglyceride levels among the general population.  Smoking is not recommended for anybody.