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Is it safe to take Zetia (ezetimibe) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take Zetia (ezetimibe) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: According to lactmed, a free, accurate database about medications and breastfeeding, Zetia (ezetimibe) is not recommended during breastfeeding because of concerns about disrupting the baby's lipid metabolism. An alternate drug is preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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Is it safe to take vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No when nursing: Because of a concern with disruption of infant lipid metabolism, any cholesterol-lowering drugs are best not used during breastfeeding. An alternate drug is preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant. ...Read more

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Is Zetia (ezetimibe) beneficial for cholesterol?

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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Is Zetia (ezetimibe) as effective as statins in removing ldl?

Not by itself.: By itself, Zetia (ezetimibe) will not lower your cholesterol nearly as much as a statin. Zetia (ezetimibe) serves as a potentiator for statins. ...Read more

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Can i take 25 mg of Zetia (ezetimibe) at bedtime with my 50 mcg of levothyroxine?

Why 25 mg?: Maximun dose of Zetia (ezetimibe) is (usually) 10 mg and although it improves cholesterol profile , it has not been proven to diminished amount of heart attacks or strokes. Please discuss with doctor. ...Read more

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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

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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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Dr. John Landi
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Zetia (Definition)

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