Compare Antara vs. Vytorin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Antara
(fenofibrate)

Vytorin
(ezetimibe / simvastatin)

Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.Lowers cholesterol. Vytorin is expensive and is no more effective than simvastatin by itself.
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Reviews for Antara (fenofibrate)
27%
of people (All ages) say Antara (fenofibrate) is worth it
14%
say it works well
29%
say it's a big hassle
Have you used Antara (fenofibrate)?
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Reviews for Vytorin (ezetimibe / simvastatin)
53%
+26% better vs. Antara (fenofibrate)
36%
+22% better vs. Antara (fenofibrate)
19%
+10% better vs. Antara (fenofibrate)
Have you used Vytorin (ezetimibe / simvastatin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
AntaraVytorin
  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased alt 1%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Constipation 1%
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  • Headache 1%
  • Any side effect 3%
  • Muscle pain 4%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 4%
  • Increased alt 4%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Flu 1%
  • Pain in extremity 1%
  • Unexplained muscle pain or weakness 1%
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How it works
AntaraVytorin
Antara (Fenofibrate) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).Vytorin is a combination cholesterol-lowering medicine. Simvastatin prevents your body from making "bad" cholesterol (LDL) while raising "good" cholesterol (HDL). Ezetimibe prevents cholesterol absorption in your intestines.
Type of medication
AntaraVytorin
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
AntaraVytorin
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
AntaraVytorin
Risk factors for serious side effects
AntaraVytorin
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
    • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
            Detailed Antara (fenofibrate) risks & warnings »
            • Asian patients taking high-dose niacin
            • Past history of liver disease
            • heavy alcohol use
            • Diabetes
                • Pregnancy
                Detailed Vytorin (ezetimibe / simvastatin) risks & warnings »
                Pregnancy

                Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

                Alcohol
                AntaraVytorin
                • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
                • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
                No alcohol related info.
                Kidneys and liver
                AntaraVytorin
                • Reports of liver damage have been reported in people who take Antara (Fenofibrate), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
                • People on Vytorin (Ezetimibe / Simvastatin) have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle breakdown and kidney damage, especially in people of Asian ancestry who are also taking niacin. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you suddenly develop muscle pain and a fever and you don't know why.
                Upsides and benefits
                AntaraVytorin
                • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
                • A 2-in-1 cholesterol-lowering combination medicine.
                • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
                Downsides and risks
                AntaraVytorin
                • In studies, it didn't lower heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.
                • According to new guidelines, you shouldn't take this medicine by itself to lower cholesterol.
                • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
                • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
                • In clinical studies, simvastatin/ezetimibe hasn't controlled cholesterol better than simvastatin alone.
                • There's no generic available, so it can be expensive.
                Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
                AntaraVytorin
                • Lowers triglycerides.
                • Can cause backache or headache.
                • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
                • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
                • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 6 hours after.
                • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
                • Take it in the evening.
                • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
                • Can cause headaches or diarrhea.
                • Call your doctor if you develop muscle pain.
                • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after.
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