Ezetrol (Ezetimibe) helps to reduce the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood in conjunction with lifestyle changes including exercise, diet, and weight management. Your total cholesterol is made up mainly of low density lipoprotein cholesterol and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL and HDL cholesterol). LDL cholesterol is often called “bad” cholesterol because it can build up in the walls of your arteries forming plaque which blocks the blood flow resulting in a heart attack or stroke. HDL cholesterol is often called “good” cholesterol because it helps keep the bad cholesterol from building up in the arteries and protects against heart disease. Ezetrol may be taken alone or with other cholesterol lowering medicines known as statins or with another medicine known as fenofibrate. Ezetrol adds to the cholesterol-lowering effect of statins and fenofibrate. Ezetrol works by decreasing the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine. Ezetrol can be taken with or without food. Continue taking your other cholesterol-lowering medicines known as statins or fenofibrate unless your doctor tells you to stop. If you are taking a statin or fenofibrate, Ezetrol can be taken at the same time.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Ezetrol from Canada manufactured by Merck. Brand Ezetrol is available in the strength of 10 mg tablets. Another alternative for this medication is Zetia
, which is also available as a generic.
The common side effects of Ezetrol may include abdominal pain; diarrhea; flatulence; tiredness; viral infection; throat infection; nose infection (sinusitis); joint pain; back pain; and coughing headache; tiredness; muscle pain; upper chest infection (respiratory tract); and changes in certain laboratory blood tests. Contact your doctor if you develop persistent and severe muscle aches or pains with no obvious explanation at any time after starting to take Ezetrol.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Do not take Ezetrol if you: are allergic to ezetimibe or any of the nonmedicinal ingredients. Patients who have liver disease, active or unexplained increases in liver enzymes and patients who are pregnant or breast feeding should not take Ezetrol together with a statin. Before you use Ezetrol talk to your doctor if you: are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, are breast-feeding, have now or have had in the past any medical problems including liver disease or liver problems. You should always tell your doctor about all drugs that you are taking or plan to take as well as those obtained without a prescription. Drugs that may interact with Ezetrol include: cyclosporine, cholestyramine (a resine/bile acid sequestrant) or any other bile acid sequestrant and fibrates.
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