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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
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
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
Is there any difference in Zetia (ezetimibe) and a generic alternative like ezetimbe. The cost is very much cheaper?
Same: They are the same. It is not availalable as a generic presently. ...Read more
Yes: Yes. It lowers bad cholesterol about 18%. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Zetia is in vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin): Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) is Simvastatin and zetia. ...Read more
I have been taking vytorin for a few years and it works for me. My insurance want to stop paying for it and want me to try Zetia and simvastatin inste?
Yes this is a common: Discuss with your doctor the doctor may be able to do a prior authorization to keep you on you medication go tAlk to him ...Read more
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 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
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.
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
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