Generic Name: Ezetimibe
Zetia is able to decrease the amount of sterols and cholesterol that is absorbed into the body due to a personâ€™s diet.Â Alongside a low cholesterol, low fat diet, low cholesterol diet Zetia is able to treat high cholesterol.Â An additional benefit of it being combined with diet therapy is the treatment of campesterl and high blood sisterol.
Once Zetia is added to a treatment plan, foods that are high in cholesterol or fat need to be avoided.Â When Zetia is not incorporated into a proper diet it will not be able to work properly.Â It is intended to work in conjunction with a proper diet and an exercise plan.
Zetia carries an FDA pregnancy category of C, meaning that it is unknown if the medication can become harmful to an unborn child.Â It is also unknown if the medication can be passed to infants through breast milk.Â Should a woman become pregnant or have an infant, it is important that she consult with her primary care physician immediately regarding the stopping or ingestion of altered dosages.
Â Before Beginning Zetia
If you are allergic to simvastatin, ZocorÂ is not to be added to your treatment program.
Zetia has the ability to cause a condition that results in the breakdown of tissue within skeletal muscle that will lead to kidney disease.Â The condition is more likely to occur within people who are advanced in age along with individuals that currently suffer from kidney disease or have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).
In order to ensure your safety, your doctor should be made aware of the following:
- The use of steroid medications
- kidney disease
- A thyroid disorder
It can take up to two weeks of use in order for the medication to begin to show results.Â Levels will be monitored via blood tests.
How to Use
Zetia is typically taken once per day with or without food.Â The medication will work most effectively if taken at the same time each day.Â Should you miss a dose, once the mistake has been recalled, it is perfectly fine to take the dosage.Â If you recall within a 20 minute window of the next dosage, do not double the medication, simply forgo the missed pill.
Â Drug Interactions
The following medications are able to increase a personâ€™s risk for muscle problems that are quite serious when taken in conjunction with Zocor:
- Blood thinners
Your primary care physician should also be notified of any herbal supplements, vitamins and over the counter medications that you are currently taking.Â Zetia can cause negative reaction when mixed with various medications.Â Therefore it is best not to deviate from any instructions provided by health care professionals.
Zetia should not be taken simultaneously with the following medications:
Should you discover that you are allergic to Zetia, seek emergency medical attention immediately. The following are symptoms of an allergic reactions:
- Swelling of the throat, lips or face
- Difficulty breathing
It is also important to contact a doctor should the following side effects present themselves:
- Unusual muscle weakness
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Darkened urine
- Stools that is clay in color
- Jaundice (the yellowing of eyes or skin)
- Chest pain
- Pancreatitis (severe pain that begins in the upper region of the stomach before moving to the back and is accompanied by vomiting and an extremely rapid heart rate)
- Rash that is accompanied by fever, sore throat, blistering and peeling
The most common of the side effects that are associated with Zetia are as follows:
- A mood that has become depressed
- Mild stomach pain that is accompanied by diarrhea
- Cold symptoms
- Joint pain with back pain
There are online retailers that are based in Canada and the United Kingdom that will allow consumers to purchase the medication without a prescription and it can be delivered overnight.Â There are an increasing number of online pharmacies that are requiring a prescription in order for an order to be placed.Â Â Typically, Zetia is sold in pills that are 10mg and quantities that range from 28 to 112 pills.Â The average cost of ZetiaÂ is an average of $2.42 per pill.