Facts about Zetia side effects

Zetia side effects :
a look at Purpose, Use and Impact

Zetia (Ezetimibe) is used with diet changes (restriction of cholesterol and fat intake) to reduce the amount of cholesterol and certain fatty substances in the blood. It may be used alone or in combination with an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor (statin drug). Ezetimibe is in a class of medications called cholesterol-lowering medications. It works by preventing the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine. Buildup of cholesterol and fats along the walls of the blood vessels (a process known as atherosclerosis) decreases blood flow and, therefore, the oxygen supply to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body.

Lowering blood levels of cholesterol and fats may help to prevent heart disease, angina (chest pain), strokes, and heart attacks.

Zetia side effects and interactions

It is very important that your doctor check you at regular visits. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly to lower your cholesterol. Your doctor can then decide if you should continue to take it.

Check with your doctor immediately if you think that you may be pregnant. Certain cholesterol medications may cause birth defects or other problems in the baby if taken during pregnancy.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. It is very important that you take all of your medicine. Your doctor will discuss with you any changes in your medicine. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Observed Zetia side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Zetia side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention :

Bloating; chills; constipation; darkened urine; fast heartbeat; fever; indigestion; large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, sex organs; loss of appetite; nausea; pains in stomach, side or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back; skin rash; vomiting ; yellow eyes or skin.

Other Zetia side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.

More Commonly Observed

Fever; headache; muscle pain; runny nose; sore throat.

Less Commonly Observed

Back pain; body aches or pain; chest pain; chills; cold or flu-like symptoms; congestion; coughing; diarrhea; difficulty in moving; dizziness; dryness or soreness of throat; hoarseness; muscle pain or stiffness; pain in joints ; pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones; shortness of breath or troubled breathing; stomach pain; stuffy nose; tender, swollen glands in neck; tightness of chest or wheezing; trouble in swallowing; unusual tiredness or weakness; voice changes.

Other Zetia side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

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