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Zetia can be prescribed along with diet and exercise to reduce unwanted cholesterol like LDL and triglycerides to raise HDL cholesterol. Zetia is also known generically as Ezetimibe and helps your liver generate less unwanted cholesterol and will help reduce the possibility of a stroke and heart attack.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Zetia orally once a day with a full glass of water. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Zetia at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Zetia. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to liver disease. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Zetia.
If you are taking other medication for cholesterol speak with your doctor to ensure you are scheduling them properly to allow full absorption for the medications.
A lifestyle change to include diet and exercise will also improve the effect of Zetia for reducing unwanted cholesterol. Healthy eating and change of negative habits like excessive drinking or smoking will do much to help improve the effect of the medication.
Side effects for Zetia are: diarrhea, back pain, stomach or abdominal pain, numbness or tingly feeling, tired feeling, headache, dizziness, depressed mood, runny or stuffy nose, cold symptoms, joint pain, back pain, or cough.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Zetia?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: It can take up to two weeks with diet exercise to see results from this medication.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding
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