Cholesterol-Lowering Medication

Taking ZETIA

It is important to understand that, by itself, high cholesterol usually does not have any symptoms. Even if you feel well, it is important to take ZETIA exactly as your doctor prescribes.

These tips can help you stay on track.

  • It is important to follow your doctor’s cholesterol treatment plan exactly as it is prescribed.

  • ZETIA can be taken day or night, with or without food. So, find a convenient time that fits into your schedule.

  • It may be easier to remember to take your dose of ZETIA if you do it at the same time every day, such as with breakfast, dinner, or at bedtime. By taking it at the same time every day, you make it part of your daily routine and easier to remember.

  • If you also take another medicine to reduce your cholesterol, ask your doctor if you can take them at the same time.

  • When you are traveling, make sure you take enough cholesterol-lowering medicine with you so you do not run out.

  • Continue to follow a cholesterol-lowering diet while taking ZETIA.

Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

ZETIA, along with a healthy diet, can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol when diet and exercise alone are not enough. 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.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or
call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please read the Patient Information for ZETIA and discuss it with your doctor. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.