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Benefits/risks of Zetia vs crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Benefits/risks of Zetia vs crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Crestor (rosuvastatin) is better: Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a statin. Statins are the only cholesterol drugs that have been clearly shown to reduce mortality - that is, to save lives. While Zetia does lower cholesterol, there is to date no convincing evidence that it saves lives. ...Read more

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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 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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What is a vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) alternative?

What is a vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) alternative?

Statin drugs: Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) is a specific combination of two medications; Simvastatin and ezetimibe. Generic Simvastatin is available by prescription. Zetia is the brand name for ezetimibe. These medications are useful to treat high cholesterol. ...Read more

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How effective is Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin)?

How effective is Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin)?

Simva: low dose only: Vytorin is Simvastin&ezetimibe. Both lower cholesterol. Simva beleived to reduce atherosclerosis by many mechanisms includ lowering Cholest & anti-inflam effect on vessels. Ezetimide, lowers cholesterol but unclear if it protects against atheroscl. Data not comp. clear & Simvastin Generic, unclear another study will occur. Lipitor (atorvastatin) is also generic & evid exists that it is safer from Rhabdomyolysis. ...Read more

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Is Zetia better than lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Is Zetia better than lipitor (atorvastatin)?

zetia (ezetimibe): Lipitor (atorvastatin) data is stronger than Zetia data for lowering lipids and decreasing atherosclerotic complications. ...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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Crestor vs lipitor (atorvastatin). Is one better than the other?

Crestor (rosuvastatin): And Lipitor (atorvastatin) are both effective statin drugs. Crestor is a bit more mg for mg potent than Lipitor (atorvastatin) but the outcomes with both drugs are similar. ...Read more

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Can a niacin supplement replace vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin)?

Can a niacin supplement replace vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin)?

Niacin.: Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and converting your LDL to a less harmful subtype. As a negative, Niacin can cause facial flushing and redness so get the flush free variety. And have your liver enzyme values monitored, as they can be affected by Niacin use. Could replace Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin). ...Read more

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I'm taking Zetia plus crestor (rosuvastatin). Is it ok?

I'm taking Zetia plus crestor (rosuvastatin). Is it ok?

OK: This combination is safe as long as you monitor your blood work including liver and muscle enzyme tests. In my experience Crestor (rosuvastatin) is usually very effective so that it usually isn't necessary to add Zetia if you take a large enough dose. Your md will guide you however. ...Read more

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Simvastatin (generic zocor) or the generic for lipitor (atorvastatin)? What is the difference?

Simvastatin (generic zocor) or the generic for lipitor (atorvastatin)? What is the difference?

Statins: The milligram for milligram potency of Lipitor (atorvastatin) is higher than that for simvastatin. There is some difference in the incidence of side effects but clinically these are not seen very often. Since Lipitor (atorvastatin) became generic it has become more popular. Rosuvastatin(crestor) not generic so expensive has become very popular tho' why given its cost/pill relative to the others is debatable. ...Read more

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What is the difference in simvastatin tab. And vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) tab?

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Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) is a combo: Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) is a combination of zocor (simvastarin) and Zetia (ezetimibe). Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) may give you better cholesterol numbers but there is no evidence of better cardiovascular outcomes. Zocor, having a generic equivalent will save some money. ...Read more

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Simvastatin( generic zocor) or the generic for lipitor, (atorvastatin) what is the difference?

Simvastatin( generic zocor) or the generic for lipitor, (atorvastatin) what is the difference?

Very similar: Atorvastatin (lipitor) is a little more potent, milligram for milligram than Simvastatin (zocor). Both have good outcome data. Both are safe. But either can cause muscle aches (in up to 10% of people) which is dependent on the dose. If muscle aches occur, a lower dose should be tried. ...Read more

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Mevacor or zocor, (simvastatin) what's better?

Mevacor or zocor, (simvastatin) what's better?

Statin: They do the same things. Zocor (simvastatin) is more potent milligram for milligram. One is not 'better' than the other, there are reasons a doc might choose one over the other in a specific situation. ...Read more

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What is a better cholesterol lowering medicine? Lipitor (atorvastatin) or simvastatin?

Lipitor (atorvastatin) is stronger: Lipitor (atorvastatin) and now generic Atorvastatin is 'stronger' on a mg to mg basis compared to simvastatin, meaning it lowers the cholesterol 20-30% more than simvastatin. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin)?

Please describe the medication: vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin)?

Simvastatin + Zetia (ezetimibe): Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) is a combination medication containing simvastatin, a statin drug that inhibits cholesterol synthesis, and zetia, a blocker of cholesterol absorption in the gut. Together these agents increase production of LDL receptors that work to clear LDL particles from the circulation. ...Read more

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Vytorin (Definition)

Ezetimibe and simvastatin is a combination medication that is used to ...Read more


Zetia (Definition)

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