EZETIMIBE

20 Aug 2019

Generic Name : EZETIMIBE

ABSTRACT –

Ezetimibe is classified as a cholesterol absorption inhibitor. This drug is used to treat high cholesterol. Often used in combination with other cholesterol-reducing drugs, Ezetimibe works by lowering the amount of cholesterol that the body absorbs at the border of the small intestine through the sterol transporter.

DOSAGE –

  • Ezetimibe is to be taken as directed by the doctors. Consume this drug only as prescribed to avoid overdose or other harmful effects.
  • This drug is generally taken once a day at the same time each day, with/without food.
  • This drug may take up to 2 weeks for levels to improve.
  • General Adult Dosage available:
  • Oral – 10mg

SIDE EFFECTS –

  • Muscle pain
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in the limbs

RARE SIDE EFFECTS –

  • Breakdown of muscle tissues that may cause kidney failure

DRUG INTERACTIONS –

  • Apalutamide
  • Atorvastatin
  • Clofibrate
  • Colestipol
  • Colesevelam
  • Cyclosporine
  • Encorafenib
  • Fluvastatin
  • Lovastatin
  • Sirolimus
  • Pravastatin
  • Pitavastatin
  • Teriflunomide

Ezetimibe has moderate interactions with 25 different drugs.

PRECAUTIONS –

  • Provide the doctor with a detailed and accurate medical history prior to drug prescription. Notify especially in case of illnesses or conditions such as kidney diseases or thyroid disorders.
  • Do not use this drug in case of an allergy to the drug itself, or in case the patient is suffering from severe liver diseases.
  • Do not consume this drug while pregnant.
  • Do not use this drug while nursing, as it may cause immense harm.
  • Inform the doctor of all the drugs being consumed so as to avoid severe drug interactions. Inform especially in case of the consumption of a statin cholesterol medication. Do not consume this drug with gemfibrozil.
  • Cooperate with frequent blood tests while on drug course to ensure regular health and proper liver function.
  • Follow the diet and exercise schedule that accompanies this drug. Avoid high cholesterol and fatty foods.

WARNINGS –

  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Side effects of this drug are more prominently observed in older adults.
  • In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

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