Zetia

1 What is Zetia?

Brand: Zetia

Generic: Ezetimibe

Zetia is a lipid-lowering drug used to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. This drug can help in the prevention of Atherosclerosis. This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Zetia, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. This drug has not been reported to cause different side effects or problems than it does in adults.

It is recommended to only use this drug on children 10 years of age or older. It is still unknown whether this drug works exactly the same way in younger adults. This drug is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.

Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women and animals are still inadequate. Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding.

Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding. Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:

  • Clofibrate
  • Gemfibrozil
  • Simeprevir
  • Cholestyramine
  • Colestipol
  • Cyclosporine
  • Fenofibrate
  • Fenofibric Acid

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects.

Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco. Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as liver problems.

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3 Proper Usage

To use Zetia properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. A personal diet plan low in fats, sugars, and/or cholesterol may be advised by your healthcare professional before prescribing any lipid-lowering drug.

The condition of some patients improves with proper diet and exercise. This drug is effective only when coupled with diet and exercise. This drug has less potency when you are greatly overweight. Consult with your healthcare professional before going into any weight-reducing diet.

The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

Adults and children 10 years of age and older with high cholesterol are given 10 milligrams once daily. This drug can be taken with or without food. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.

Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.

Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Zetia, there are some precautions you must take. Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness and unwanted effects of the drug.

Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you think that you may be pregnant as this drug may cause birth defects or other problems in the baby if taken during pregnancy.

Consult with your healthcare professional if you experience any:

  • unexplained muscle pain
  • tenderness
  • weakness

Discuss with your healthcare professional before you take other drugs. Any changes in the dosage of this drug must only be made by your healthcare professional.

5 Potential Side Effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Zetia to avoid unwanted potential side effects. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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