Compare Zetia vs. Antara

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

Zetia
(ezetimibe)

Antara
(fenofibrate)

Lowers cholesterol. Zetia (ezetimibe) can improve your cholesterol and can be used as an alternative to statins.Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.
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Best available price for 30 (10mg) tablets of zetia
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Best available price for 30 (130mg) capsules of antara
Reviews & ratings
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4.41Zetia
Reviews for Zetia
42%
of people (All ages) say Zetia is worth it
34%
say it works well
21%
say it's a big hassle
128 reviews
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Reviews for Antara
27%
+15% better vs. Zetia
14%
+20% better vs. Zetia
29%
+8% better vs. Zetia
Have you used Antara (fenofibrate)?
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Side effects
ZetiaAntara
  • Common cold 1%
  • Sore throat 4%
  • Sinus infection 1%
  • Abnormal liver tests 3%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Pain in arms and legs 1%
  • Muscle pain 3%
More Zetia side effects »
  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased alt 1%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Constipation 1%
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How it works
ZetiaAntara
Zetia (ezetimibe) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It stops your body from absorbing cholesterol in food and helps process other forms of cholesterol.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).
Type of medication
ZetiaAntara
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
ZetiaAntara
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
ZetiaAntara
Risk factors for serious side effects
ZetiaAntara
  • Taking Zetia (ezetimibe) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
Detailed Zetia (ezetimibe) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
Detailed Antara (fenofibrate) 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 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.

Alcohol
ZetiaAntara
No alcohol related info.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
Kidneys and liver
ZetiaAntara
  • Zetia (ezetimibe) can hurt your liver, especially if it is used with statins. Talk to your doctor if you have liver disease.
  • 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.
Upsides and benefits
ZetiaAntara
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Can be used with other medicines to improve cholesterol.
  • Available in a combination pill with simvastatin.
  • Available as a generic.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
Downsides and risks
ZetiaAntara
  • Doesn't lower triglycerides (fats).
  • Hasn't been shown to lower the risk of heart attacks or heart disease.
  • By itself, it isn't as effective as statins for improving cholesterol.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
ZetiaAntara
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol.
  • Tell your doctor if you develop bone or muscle pain.
  • Can be used with other medications to lower cholesterol.
  • Good alternative to statins if you can't tolerate statins or are unable to control cholesterol with statins alone.
  • Can cause diarrhea or increase your chance of getting colds.
  • 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.
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