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What is Ezetimibe–Simvastatin used for?

Ezetimibe–Simvastatin is used to reduce total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as increase HDL (good) cholesterol. It is a combination of two cholesterol-lowering medications, Ezetimibe and Simvastatin, which block the production of cholesterol in the body. This medication is usually prescribed in cases where cholesterol levels could not be lowered by diet and exercise. Lowering LDL and raising HDL cholesterol levels may reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and circulation problems. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin?

The dosage of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Ezetimibe–Simvastatin is usually taken in the evening with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Ezetimibe–Simvastatin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Ezetimibe–Simvastatin?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Ezetimibe–Simvastatin?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Ezetimibe–Simvastatin.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Ezetimibe–Simvastatin can interact with HIV medicines and blood thinners.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin?

Like other medicines, Ezetimibe–Simvastatin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Ezetimibe–Simvastatin can cause side effects such as constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, joint pain, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and insomnia. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Ezetimibe–Simvastatin.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Ezetimibe–Simvastatin?

Is it possible for me to take Ezetimibe–Simvastatin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Ezetimibe–Simvastatin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin?
How will Ezetimibe–Simvastatin work in my body?
How should Ezetimibe–Simvastatin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Ezetimibe–Simvastatin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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