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Benefit of Zetia (ezetimibe) at 96?

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. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 (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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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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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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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Zetia (Definition)

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