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.
› 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
› 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
› 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
› 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.