Zetia

(ezetimibe)

3.3/ 5 average rating with 128 reviewsforZetia
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Lowers cholesterol.

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Zetia (ezetimibe) can improve your cholesterol and can be used as an alternative to statins.

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Quick facts about Zetia
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ezetimibe)

Upsides

  • 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.
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People’s experience with Zetia

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Downsides

  • 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.
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How it works

Zetia (ezetimibe) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It stops your body from absorbing cholesterol in food and helps process other forms of cholesterol.

Quick facts about Zetia
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ezetimibe)
People’s experience with Zetia

128reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Zetia (ezetimibe) for High cholesterol

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  • Diarrhea
  • Limb pain
  • Tiredness
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Side effect rates for Zetia (ezetimibe)

From 3555 clinical trials of Zetia when taken for high cholesterol
  • Diarrhea
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Common cold
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Sore throat
    4%4%
  • Sinus infection
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Joint pain
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Pain in arms and legs
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Diarrhea
    3%3%
  • Common cold
    3%3%
  • Muscle pain
    3%3%
  • Abnormal liver tests
    3%3%
  • Fatigue
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Flu
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Fatigue
    2%2%
  • Flu
    2%2%
  • Joint pain
    2%2%
  • Back pain
    2%2%
  • Pain in arms and legs
    2%2%
  • Gallbladder removal
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Zetia (ezetimibe)

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  • Talk to your doctor if you're taking Zetia (ezetimibe) and want to get pregnant

Pharmacist Q&A

Zetia (ezetimibe) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats high cholesterol in individuals with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats high cholesterol in individuals with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.

Common concerns from people taking Zetia (ezetimibe)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Zetia
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Kidneys and liver
  • Zetia (ezetimibe) can hurt your liver, especially if it is used with statins. Talk to your doctor if you have liver disease.