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Benefit of Zetia (ezetimibe) at 96?

Benefit of Zetia (ezetimibe) at 96?

Debatable!: Personal opinion only! if i were 96, i would not be taking zetia (ezetimibe). Are we talking about adding years to your life, months to your life or weeks or days to your life. Esoteric to my way of thinking. I would have a very frank discussion with my doctor and decide to stop or continue. I would have to have a very compelling reason to continue this expensive med and want to know why I have to take. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Ezetimibe (Definition)

Ezetimibe is the generic name for zetia, (ezetimibe) a medication that decreases absorption of cholesterol from the GI tract. This medication works by blocking the niemann-pick c1-like 1 (npc1l1) protein which allows sterols, including cholesterol, to be absorbed into the intestine. Blocking this protein results in increased production of LDL receptors that then clear LDL ...Read more


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Please describe the medication: zetia (ezetimibe)?

Please describe the medication: zetia (ezetimibe)?

Cholesterol blocker: Zetia (ezetimibe) is the brand name for ezitimibe, a medication that works by selectively inhibiting the intestinal absorption of cholesterol and related phytosterols. Zetia (ezetimibe) acts by blocking the niemann-pick c1-like 1 (npc1l1) receptor that is responsible for cholesterol and phytosterol absorption via the intestine. In response, LDL receptors are increased causing reduction in ldl-c and LDL particle number. ...Read more

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Is Zetia (ezetimibe) an effective statin?

Is Zetia (ezetimibe) an effective statin?

No: Zetia (ezetimibe) is not a statin. Although it lowers the cholesterol, there is no proof that it prevents bad outcomes. ...Read more

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Is Zetia (ezetimibe) beneficial for cholesterol?

Depends: It depends. If the problem lies in your absorption of cholesterol then Zetia (ezetimibe) may work for you. ...Read more

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Can I take polycosonol while I am on zetia (ezetimibe)?

Can I take polycosonol while I am on zetia (ezetimibe)?

Yes, But Why?: While you can take both together, polycosonol has not been shown to have a significant effect on blood cholesterol levels. Regarding outcomes, Zetia (ezetimibe) in combination with Simvastatin has shown significant reduction in cardiovascular events in patients with chronic kidney disease. A large trial testing the outcome benefit of Zetia (ezetimibe) added to statin therapy(improve-it trial) is still ongoing. ...Read more

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Have you had side effects from Zetia (ezetimibe) that were bad?

Zetia (ezetimibe): Zetia (ezetimibe) prevents GI absorption of cholesterol. Most of it side effects are GI --indigestion and changes in bowel habits. As with other cholesterol lowering meds it can occasionally exacerbate muscle aches. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin
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Zetia (Definition)

Zetia is a cholesterol/lipid lowering agent which is a ...Read more