It is important that you work with your doctor to find out what your cholesterol numbers mean and what levels may be right for you based on your risk of heart disease.
Your total cholesterol level is a measure of all the cholesterol in your blood, including LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. Your doctor may choose to focus on your LDL (bad) cholesterol rather than total cholesterol because it is considered a better measure of heart disease risk.
LDL (bad) Cholesterol
The higher your LDL (bad) cholesterol number, the greater your risk of developing heart disease.
That’s because too much LDL (bad) cholesterol in your bloodstream can build up in your arteries increasing your risk of heart disease.
What is my LDL goal?
Your doctor may determine an LDL (bad) cholesterol level that is right for you, based on your risk of developing heart disease. Find out from your doctor what your cholesterol numbers mean so you can work together to manage your cholesterol.
Talk to your doctor to see if a cholesterol medicine like ZETIA, along with a healthy diet, can help you reach your LDL (bad) cholesterol goal.
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.