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Dr. Walter Husar
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Zetia (Overview)

Zetia is a cholesterol/lipid lowering agent which is a kind of cardiovascular drug.


Dr. Walter Husar
50 doctors shared insights

Zetia (Overview)

Zetia is a cholesterol/lipid lowering agent which is a kind of cardiovascular drug.


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Please describe the medication: zetia (ezetimibe)?

Please describe the medication: zetia (ezetimibe)?

For high cholesterol: This medication was introduced to treat patients to reduce high cholsterol and avoid fatty plaques in the vascular system. It is highly controversail and is recommended only as a last resort. ...Read more

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History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Doc stopped zetia (ezetimibe)? And prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?

History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Doc stopped zetia (ezetimibe)? And prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?

My opinion: There is a paucity of data to support taking red yeast although lowering cholesterol is a reported use. The real question is whether a 95 yo woman should be on anything for cholesterol. Imo, if you have hx of heart attack, stent or bypass, it's reasonable to stabilize plaque. If not, i wouldn't use it. (ie there's no indication for primary prevention in this age group). ...Read more

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How effective is Zetia (ezetimibe) and what are its side effects?

Depends: By itself Zetia (ezetimibe) is weak agent when added to a statin is a powerful LDL lowering agent. When ever you combine two agents for cholesterol the side effects can be increased. Muscle pain and liver abnomalities sholud be monitored. ...Read more

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How does garcinia cambodia work with plavix, metropopol, Zetia (ezetimibe) nitro?

Avoid mixing them: I would not favor you taking supplements which have no proven medical value. Keep life simple as the drugs often have interactions which can complicate your life. ...Read more

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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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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

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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

Dr. Robert Kent
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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