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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

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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 the drug Zetia (ezetimibe) a thin my blood?

Is the drug Zetia (ezetimibe) a thin my blood?

No: Zetia (ezetimibe) lowers cholesterol. It does not thin the blood. ...Read more

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Is Zetia (ezetimibe) a weaker statin than the rest of the cholesterol drugs?

Is Zetia (ezetimibe) a weaker statin than the rest of the cholesterol drugs?

Weaker yes statin no: Zetia (ezetimibe) is weaker than most statin medications when it comes to cholesterol reduction. However it is not a statin and, in fact, has an entirely different mechanism of action working to prevent dietary cholesterol absorption rather than decrease hepatic cholesterol production (the statins mechanism). Zetia (ezetimibe) can be used alone or in combination with a statin. ...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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What is zetia (ezetimibe)? What is it used for?

Zetia (ezetimibe): Zetia is the drug ezetimibe. It is used to lower cholesterol. ...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

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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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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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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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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) 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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Do you recomend Zetia (ezetimibe) for reducing cholesterol, or you prefer welchol?

Certain patients: Zetia (ezetimibe) added to a statin has a much greater cholesterol lowering benefit than welchol and may be appropriate in certain patients. ...Read more

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What's the difference between vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) and zetia?

What's the difference between vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) and zetia?

See below: Zetia is used as an adjunct in lowering cholesterol. Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) is a combination pill of Zetia and zocor (simvastatin). ...Read more

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What's the difference between vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) and zetia?

What's the difference between vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) and zetia?

Zetia is in vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin): Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) is Simvastatin and zetia. ...Read more

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Calcium scan zero. Cholesterol over 300 without meds. Taking 80 Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20 Zetia. Dr. wants me stop Zetia half Lipitor (atorvastatin). Should I?

Calcium scan zero. Cholesterol over 300 without meds. Taking 80 Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20 Zetia. Dr. wants me stop Zetia half Lipitor (atorvastatin). Should I?

I'm not too sure.: Unless your HDL is really really really high or unless you were experiencing some side effect of one of those medications, a total of 300 sounds just too high, especially at your age (no offense). I would continue the medications in a preventive sense. ...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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What are the side effects of zetia (ezetimibe) and how do I mitigate them? I take Fish Oil.

Few: Occasional muscle aching can be seen but usually none. Take CoQ10 to help if muscle ache occurs. ...Read more

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I started taking Zetia (ezetimibe) for my cholesterol and now feeling extremely tired with fatigued and bloated.

See your doctor: One of the more serious side effects of Zetia (ezetimibe) is liver damage. Your symptoms could be from that. Talk to your doctor before you take any more. You may also want to have a conversation about the risks vs benefits of treating cholesterol. The more meaningful measure is triglyceride/hdl ratio. As long as that is less than 3 you are unlikely to need any treatment of cholesterol. ...Read more

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Can all statins cause memory loss or just Lipitor? Lipitor did that to me. I took Zetia which was fine while I could get free samples but that's over.

Can all statins cause memory loss or just Lipitor? Lipitor did that to me. I took Zetia which was fine while I could get free samples but that's over.

Rare but happens: This is an uncommon side effect but yes, some patients on statins have reported memory loss while on it and it can be not just Lipitor but any other statin. ...Read more

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GP wants to change my tablets to Zetia (Tab not reccom by AHA)from Bezafibrate but I am borderlineDiabetes isn't Bezafibrate best for slowing diabetes?

Yes & No.: Zetia is a drug typically used to lower cholesterol in conjunction with a statin. Statins can cause diabetes esp in those with prediabetes. Whereas bezafibrate is used to lower triglycerides and some studies have shown a slight decrease in progression to diabetes. Main purpose for a fibrate is to lower TG levels and thus CV risk. Metformin is the ADA med of choice of prev of diabetes. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Zetia (Definition)

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