This medication is a combination of 2 drugs; Ezetimibe and Atorvastatin. When used with alongside a proper diet, this medicine helps to lower “bad” cholesterol, such as triglycerides, and raise “good cholesterols’ in the blood. Ezetimibe works by reducing the amount of cholesterol your body absorbs from the diet you are on. And Atorvastatin works by reducing the amount of cholesterol that is made by your liver. In taking this medication, it can also help decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attacks.
Keep in mind that in addition to any eating habits and changes within your diet, your doctor may also direct you to make other lifestyle changes, such as exercising, losing weight, and to quit smoking
This medication comes in two different strengths which are 10/10mg and 10mg/20mg. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.
This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food. Usually once daily, or as directed by your doctor.
Do not crush, dissolve or chew the tablet. Swallow it whole. Remember that the dosage is based on your medical condition, and your overall response to the treatment. Other medications you may be taking may have an effect on the dosage as well.
Avoid eating or drinking any grapefruit or grapefruit juice.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to ezetimibe or atorvastatin; or to any other medications or allergies in general.
Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any of the following; liver disease, kidney disease, alcohol use.
Limit alcoholic beverages. Daily use of alcohol may increase your risk for liver problems, especially when combined with this product.
This medication may rarely cause a muscle problem, which may rarely lead to a very serious condition called rhadbomyolysis and autoimmune myopathy. If you experience any of the following side effects, inform your doctor right away. They are as follows; muscle pain/tenderness/weakness (especially with fever or unusual tiredness), signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).
Some side effects that may suggest a liver problem may occur while taking this mediation, they are as follows; yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon as you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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