Ezetimibe comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with or without food. To help you remember to take ezetimibe, take it around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take ezetimibe exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Continue to take ezetimibe even if you feel well. Do not stop taking ezetimibe without talking to your doctor.
Before taking ezetimibe,
If your condition doesn’t improve or worsens, let your physician know immediately.
Ezetimibe may cause side effects including:
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away.
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
Ezetimibe may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Q: Why is Zetia prescribed?
A: Zetia is taken in combination with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of cholesterol and other fatty substances in the blood.
Q: What kind of lifestyle changes should I make while taking Zetia?
A: Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Be sure to follow all exercise and dietary recommendations made by your doctor or dietitian.
Q: Does Zetia have a generic alternative?
A: Yes, Ezetimibe is available for purchase.
Q: How long until I see the effects of Zetia?
A: The treatment may take up to 2 weeks before your cholesterol levels improve. Keep using your medication as directed. You will need frequent blood tests to measure your cholesterol levels.
Q: What if I miss a dose of Zetia?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).