Zetia, also known as ezetimibe, is a medicine used to lower levels of total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood. Physicians prescribe Zetia for patients who cannot control their cholesterol levels by diet alone. The medication can be used by itself or with certain other drugs to treat high cholesterol.
Zetia works by reducing the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the digestive tract but does not help a user lose weight. Patients using Zetia should stay on a cholesterol-lowering diet while taking the medication. Made by Schering-Plough Corporation, Zetia was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October 2002. Schering-Plough and Merck have combined Zetia with Zocor
to form a more powerful cholesterol-lowering treatment, the prescription brand medication Vytorin.
Common side effects of Zetia use include, but may not be limited to, abdominal pain, fatigue
.In a 2008 clinical trial of Zetia, experiment results demonstrated no estimable benefits of Zetia in patients taking the drug in combination with Zocor. Patients taking Zocor actually fared better in the study with a lower incidence of arterial plaque growth. In June 2003, Schering-Plough altered the label for Zetia to include a warning that it may be associated with allergic reactions, including angioedema, a skin disease characterized by patches of circumscribed swelling of the hands, feet, lips and eyelids. Patients suffering from angioedema often experience swelling of the mucous membranes and the viscera (internal organs of the body). Breathing is sometimes difficult, and in severe cases the disease can be fatal. Rash has also been linked to Zetia use.
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- Diarrhea: Overview
- Fatigue: Overview
- Skin Disorders: Overview