Basic Information On Zetia
Zetia is used to reduce the amount of cholesterol or other sterols that your body may absorb from your diet. The drug is used to treat high cholesterol. This medicine is also used to treat high blood campesterol and sitosterol along with diet therapy. The drug is meant to be used along with measures such as diet, exercise and weight control. You should follow your diet, medication and exercise schedule very closely. Zetia should not be taken with colestipol (Colestid), colesevelam or cholestyramine. However, it is fine to take it with any of the statin drugs such as lovastatin or Lipitor. In some cases the drug may cause the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue. This may also cause kidney failure.
Precautions / Side Effects For Zetia
If you suffer from thyroid disorder or kidney disease, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medicine. If you experience unexplained muscle pain, muscle weakness or tenderness and flu or fever symptoms, then, immediately inform your physician. It is not known whether brand or generic Zetia passes into breast milk or not, therefore, consult your doctor if you are nursing a baby. The main ingredient of this drug is Ezetimibe.
It is also not known whether brand or generic Zetia is harmful to an unborn baby. Therefore, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. The drug is likely to cause more complications in the case of older patients. If you are taking any steroid medications or are taking hormonal pills such as birth control pills, then consult your doctor before starting taking Ezetimibe.
The recommended dose of this drug is 10 mg once daily and it can be administered with or without food. No dosage adjustment is necessary in patients with renal impairment. Similarly, geriatric patients do not need any dose adjustment. The medicine is available in white to off-white, capsule-shaped tablet from. The drug should be protected from moisture. Zetia should be stored at room temperature but the temperature may be allowed to vary between 15 degree and 30 degree Celsius.
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