A Brief Explanation on Cholesterol
Cholesterol refers to a type of fat found in blood and LDL and HDL make up the total cholesterol. The bad cholesterol or LDL can build up in the wall of the arteries and subsequently cause the formation of plaque. Over time, the plaque build-up in the arteries which can lead to a narrowing of the arteries, causes slow blood flow or even blocked blood flow to your brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and other important organs. And this situation has been a major cause of stroke and heart disease.
In contrary to LDL, HDL or good cholesterol prevents the LDL from building up in the arteries. Besides LDL and HDL, Triglycerides (TG) are also fats that can be found in blood.
Even though ZETIA has not been shown to help prevent heart attacks or heart disease like statins which are commonly used as cholesterol-lowering medicine, it’s a unique alternative to help block the absorption of cholesterol originating from food and does not have the damaging effect on the liver.
Sometimes, a healthy diet and exercise may not be able to control cholesterol levels in certain individuals and thus ZETIA is a right choice considering that it works in the digestive tract to help reduce the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs. When added to a healthy diet, ZETIA has been observed to reduce LDL by an average of 18%, with the results varying among different individuals.
What Things Should I Know Before/While Taking ZETIA?
Used as a medicine to maintain lower levels of LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol in blood, ZETIA has been very helpful for patients who are unable to reduce/control their cholesterol levels by both exercise and diet.
If you’re allergic to inactive ingredients (such as sodium lauryl sulfate, lactose monohydrate, povidone, Croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, lactose monohydrate), the active ingredients found in ZETIA, or ezetimibe, you’re strictly discouraged from taking ZETIA. Also, breastfeeding or pregnant moms are prohibited in taking ZETIA while they are taking cholesterol-lowering medicines called statins. If you’ve a medical condition or liver-related disease, you are not encouraged to take ZETIA either.
Even though ZETIA works efficiently to reduce the amount of cholesterol and bad cholesterol your body absorbs, it has not been shown to help you prevent heart attacks or heart disease nor does it help you to lose weight.
While and prior to taking ZETIA, make sure that you tell your doctor about traditional herbs, any prescription and non-prescription medication or natural remedies you are planning or going to take. Also, tell your doctor if you are experiencing muscle cramps or pain, weakness, or chronic medical condition so that your doctor will tell you whether ZETIA is a right choice for you.
If you are planning on or taking ZETIA, ask your doctor whether it is suitable to take this medication if you are experiencing allergies. Discuss further with your doctor if you are also taking another cholesterol-lowering medicine at the same time to avoid any unexpected consequence.
ZETIA is best to be taken once a day, either with or without food. It might be easier for you to remember to take ZETIA if you fix the intake time, either with lunch, breakfast or at bed time. If you forgot to take ZETIA during the day, take it as soon as possible but, you do not take more than a dose in a day.
Even though you’re taking ZETIA, you still have to follow your doctor’s suggestions on a cholesterol-lowering diet. It’s always better to consult with your doctor from time to time to follow up on the progress of your health after taking ZETIA. Do not stop the intake of ZETIA unless the doctor wants you to do so. Most importantly, you should keep taking ZETIA even though you do not feel ill.
It is always important to check with your doctor regarding the progress of your cholesterol level and side effects you may have been experiencing after taking ZETIA either with or without a statin during the entire treatment.
What are the Side Effects of ZETIA?
As like other drugs, the use of ZETIA may pose health hazard as according to numerous clinical studies. Very often, when ZETIA is added together with a statin drug, it is more likely that patients will experience unexplainable muscle problems, weakness or tenderness. Note that this condition can be serious which may require immediate medical attention. In some rare cases, the muscle pain or the muscle problems can become severe, and in some cases the breakdown of muscle can cause damage to the kidneys.
In the past, patients have been reported to experience cases of swelling in the body parts (notably in the throat, face, lips, or tongue and difficulty in breathing or swallowing), hives, joint pain, liver problems, inflammation of the pancreas or the gallbladder, tingling sensation, gallstones, tiredness muscle aches, raised red rash, nausea, depression or dizziness. These signs could be severe side effects for which you need to seek a doctor’s assistance right away.
You are encouraged to report any negative side effects of prescription medications to the FDA right away either by calling 1-800-FDA-1088 or by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch.
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