Zetia (Ezetimibe)

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What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Description

Chemical Name: EZETIMIBE (eh-ZET-eh-mib)

ZETIA is a prescription medication that reduces the level of cholesterol or other sterols that are absorbed by your body from your diet. It works alongside a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet to control high cholesterol. Some physicians may also prescribe ZETIA with other cholesterol-lowering medications to treat high blood sitosterol and campesterol. This medication is intended as part of a treatment program that includes a low-cholesterol diet along with exercise and weight control.

Directions

This medication should be used exactly as prescribed by your physician. Patients should follow the prescription label instructions for safe use. Do not take in excess amounts, or take it for longer than recommended.

Generally, ZETIA is taken once a day, with or without food. It is recommended to take this medication at the same time each day. It is intended as part of a treatment program that includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

Do not take ZETIA with:

  • cholestyramine (Prevalite, Questran)
  • colestipol (Colestid)
  • colesevelam (Welchol)
Patients are advised to wait at least 4 hours after taking any of these medicines. Alternately, patients may take ZETIA 2 hours before taking any of these other medication.

It can be taken with:

  • fenofibrate (Antara, Lipofen, Lofibra, TriCor, Triglide)
  • any of the "statin" drugs (Mevacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol or Lipitor)
The effects of this medication may take up to 2 weeks to realize. For optimal results, continue using it as directed.

Cautions

To make sure you can safely use ZETIA, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:

  • any allergies to ezetimibe or other chemicals contained in ZETIA
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • thyroid disorder
  • if you use steroid medicine or hormones (including birth control pills)
  • pregnant or breast-feeding
Speak with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits.

Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. ZETIA will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.

Side Effects

All medications have side effects and they affect every patient differently. Side effects information will be included with your medication once you pick it up from the pharmacy.

Common side effects include:

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • upset stomach
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea
  • flu-like symptoms
  • upper respiratory infection
  • sinusitis
Some patients may also suffer from allergic reactions including hives, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing and skin rash.

Serious side effects include:

  • liver problems
  • myopathy
  • rhabdomyolysis, causing muscle weakness
  • extreme fatigue
  • muscle pain
  • pancreatitis
This is not a complete list of side effects. Call your physician for medical advice about additional side effects you may experience.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.