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.
No. Zetia (ezetimibe) is not a statin. It works by limiting absorption of fats through the colon, whereas statins limit the formation of choleserol through the liver. .

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Is Zetia (ezetimibe) as effective as statins in removing ldl?

No. Zetia (ezetimibe) has not been shown to be effective with or without statins for reducing ldl. If you wish to reduce ldl, lose weight, reduce intake of saturated fats, exercise at least 30 minutes a day and if you need medication, stay with statins. Read more...
Works, Not as potent. Zetia (ezetimibe) decreased cholesterol absorption in the gut leading to increased numbers of LDL receptors to clear LDL from the blood. Statins decrease cholesterol synthesis also causing increased LDL receptors. Statins lower LDL particle number by 25-55%, where Zetia (ezetimibe) lowers LDL particle number 15-30%. Both statins and Zetia (ezetimibe) are used together in many patients who do not achieve LDL goals with statins alone. Read more...
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...

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

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. 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...

Can statins / Zetia (ezetimibe) really get rid of heart attacks and strokes?

Prevents most events. Statins (but not zetia) can markedly decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke, depending on one's risk. Those at highest risk (e.g. 65 years old with diabetes, hypertension, smoker, cholesterol of 300 mg/dl) benefit the most, while those at low risk (e.g. 25 years old healthy individual) derive little or no benefit. Read more...

I have been taking Zetia (ezetimibe) 10 mg tablets for about 9 months. I have had body aches and muscle weakness as I have had with other statins. Suggestions?

Try going off med. Zetia (ezetimibe) is not a statin but this med too can cause muscle inflammation. If you have symptoms that might be caused by a med, talk with your doctor and stop it for a while to see how you feel. But do it with your doctor so that you can decide on the plan together. Read more...

Tc 240, trig 45, HDL 85, LDL 146. Intolerant of statins, fibrates, Zetia (ezetimibe) and niacin. Diet good, exercise and take fish oil. Any other therapies?

Depends on risk. Factors. You may not need any more treatment if you do not have risk factors. How much do you weigh? Do you smoke? Do you have a family history of heart disease? Are you diabetic? It would be prudent to consult your doctor for treatment specific to your circumstances. Read more...
Find and Fix Causes. High LDL levels may result from overproduction of LDL particles, decreased clearance of LDL particles, or both. In some cases common LDL lowering medications are not sufficient to control high LDL levels. Consideration should be given to identifyihng genetic causes (familial hypercholesterolemia), or acquired medical problems (thyroid, renal, liver, glucose related disorders) that could be present. Read more...

Cannot take statins due to muscle pain & slightly elevated ana. Current md wants me on Zetia or livalo (pitavastatin). I'm afraid of muscle pain again. Can I say no?

Yes, of course. You are fully in charge of your body. Sometimes we as physicians are very focused on pharmaceutical options, but if it is not a life threatening issue then you are fully authorized to pursue more tolerable options such as dietary changes, supplements, herbals, etc. Read more...

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...