Ezetimibe (Zetia) is used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise program to lower cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol causes coronary heart disease and heart disease as it blocks the arteries. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States.
Zetia can be used alone or is often paired with a statin or fibrates. The drug works by reducing the amount of cholesterol your body absorbs from dietary sources. Reducing the cholesterol in your body can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, both of which can be life-threatening.
How Zetia Works
Before you start taking the medication, read the patient information leaflet available in the box and talk your pharmacist. If you have any questions to which you cannot find answers in the information packet, consult with your pharmacist or doctor. Your physician determines your dosage according to your response to the treatment and overall health.
You must take this medication regularly to benefit from it fully along with a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen. High cholesterol cannot be fixed by the use of a medication alone and necessitates serious lifestyle modifications. Even the slightest modification and exercise regimen such as taking a brisk walk every day can dramatically improve results of your cholesterol-lowering treatment.
Even if you feel well, you should continue to take the drug. Most individuals with high cholesterol do not exhibit any sort of symptoms. If you do have symptoms, it can take up to two weeks before you reap the full benefits of taking the new medication.
This drug has the potential to raise your risk of liver damage or muscle damage. Call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, yellowing of the eyes/skin, muscle pain or tenderness.
A severe allergic reaction to this drug is extremely rare. However, if you do experience any allergic reaction symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.
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