Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your body. Your total cholesterol includes LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.
LDL is called “bad” cholesterol because it can build up in the walls of your arteries and form plaque. Plaque build-up in the arteries can reduce blood flow and increase your risk of heart disease.
Artery With Buildup of Plaque
HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is also known as good cholesterol because it is thought to help remove bad cholesterol from the body.
There also are other risk factors that can put you at greater risk of heart disease. Your doctor or health care professional can give you a more detailed explanation.
If diet and exercise are not enough to lower your cholesterol, ask your doctor if ZETIA is right for you.
Unlike some statins, ZETIA has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks.
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.