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

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Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Doug Hansen
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Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It's not a statin.

Zetia (ezetimibe) is a cholesterol absorption blocker. By itself, it can lower LDL levels by no more than 18% or so, which is relatively weak compared to some statins.
However, when combined with a statin, it can give much more significant LDL lowering. Ask your doctor if this medication is right for you.

In brief: It's not a statin.

Zetia (ezetimibe) is a cholesterol absorption blocker. By itself, it can lower LDL levels by no more than 18% or so, which is relatively weak compared to some statins.
However, when combined with a statin, it can give much more significant LDL lowering. Ask your doctor if this medication is right for you.
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
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