What is Ezetimibe used for?
Ezetimibe tablet is used for the treatment of following conditions:
- Homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia
Ezetimibe may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
How does Ezetimibe work?
Ezetimibe belongs to the class of drugs called dyslipidaemic agents. The drug acts by reducing the absorption of cholesterol from intestines, thereby lowering the total cholesterol and bad cholesterol in the blood.
How to take Ezetimibe?
The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Ezetimibe tablet as prescribed by your doctor.
- Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet.
If you miss a dose of Ezetimibe, please take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
What are the drugs that interact with Ezetimibe?
Drugs that interact with Ezetimibe include the following:
This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.
What are the side effects of Ezetimibe?
The following are the most common side effects of Ezetimibe:
- Sore throat
- Runny Nose
- Joint pain
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Yellowing eyes and skin
- Dark urine
- Muscle pain/ tenderness
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
What special precautions should be followed while taking Ezetimibe?
- Avoid taking the medicine if you are allergic to Ezetimibe or similar drugs.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Ezetimibe causes dizziness.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Ezetimibe.
You are advised not to take Ezetimibe if
- it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.
What should you tell your doctor before taking Ezetimibe?
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
- Notify your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Frequently Asked Questions about Ezetimibe
- How should Ezetimibe be stored?
- Do I need to monitor any laboratory parameters while taking Ezetimibe?
- Can I recommend this medication to others?
Ezetimibe should be stored at a temperature of 25° C, away from heat and moisture.
It is recommended to periodically monitor cholesterol levels and perform liver function test as Ezetimibe increases the risk of liver damage.
It is not advisable to recommend drugs to others as the severity of the condition and medical history may not be the same for every individual.
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