Adding ZETIA to a statin is proven to help reduce cholesterol more than a statin alone. Unlike some statins, ZETIA has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks.
A statin works mainly with the liver. ZETIA works in your digestive tract. Adding ZETIA to a statin treats 2 sources of cholesterol. In a clinical study, people who added ZETIA to their statin medicine lowered their LDL (bad) cholesterol on average by an additional 25%. Individual results may vary.
Ask your doctor if adding ZETIA can help lower your cholesterol.
ZETIA, along with a healthy diet, can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol when diet and exercise alone are not enough.
Important Risk Information
About ZETIA® (ezetimibe)
ZETIA is a prescription medicine and should not be taken by people who are allergic to any of its ingredients. ZETIA can be taken alone or with a statin. Statins should not be taken by women who are nursing or pregnant or who may become pregnant, or by anyone with liver problems. If you have ever had liver problems or are pregnant or nursing, your doctor will decide if ZETIA alone is right for you. Your doctor may do blood tests to check your liver before you start taking ZETIA with a statin and during treatment.
Unexplained muscle pain or weakness could be a sign of a rare but serious side effect and should be reported to your doctor right away. In clinical studies, patients reported few side effects while taking ZETIA. These included diarrhea, joint pains, and tiredness.