Zetia (Oral)

Questions | Reviews ****

Are hair loss, weak muscles, tiredness caused by Zetia or Lopid?

My doctor has prescribed Lopid (Gemfibrozil) and Zetia for my cholesterol. Before taking the meds, my cholesterol was around 220, but with high HDL of about 80, and my triglycerides were around 150. I also take Diovan for high blood pressure, which wi...
by Lynn in Phoenix, AZ, 01/10/2006

Zetia (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Zetia (Oral)

Zetia (Oral) Medication Classification

EZETIMIBE (By mouth)

Zetia (Oral) Brandname


Zetia (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Ezetimibe (ez-ET-i-mibe) Lowers high cholesterol levels in your blood. May be used in combination with another cholesterol-lowering medicine.

When To Not Use Zetia (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ezetimibe. If you have liver disease, you should not use this medicine together with certain other cholesterol-lowering medicines called "statins."

How Should You Use Zetia (Oral)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Zetia (Oral) Storage

Store Zetia (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Zetia (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Zetia (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®), gemfibrozil (Lopid®), or any other medicine to lower cholesterol (such as cholestyramine, clofibrate, fenofibrate, Atromid-S®, Cholestid®, Questran®, Tricor®, Welchol®).

Zetia (Oral) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease.

Zetia (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Chest pain
  • Severe muscle pain or stiffness
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Diarrhea, stomach pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, coughing
  • Tiredness

Zetia (Oral) Ratings

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(based on 4 reviews)



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Zetia (Oral)

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *****


carolyn mckechnie, Kent, WA - 01/04/2009

Zetia is a wonderful medication! It has lowered my cholesterol from 258 to under 190. I do not suffer from any side effects which is great - I previously took Lipotor and nearly died.

Zetia (Oral)

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: ***


Keshia, sacormento , cal - 01/27/2008

Zetia has its positives and negatives. The biggest positive is that it works through the bloodstream. This is a much better option than working through the vital organs. I have been using Zetia for a little over three years now. Everything was going very well in the first couple of years, but I think my use of this medication is beginning to catch up with me. I have recently begun to suffer from serious leg fatigue. Going for long walks is out of the question, and sometimes I even have trouble standing up after sitting for a long period of time. I'm currently weighing my options.