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What is Ezetimibe used for?

Ezetimibe is prescribed to lower cholesterol in people with high cholesterol levels (primary hypercholesterolemia). This cholesterol-lowering medication is used in combination with a regimen of diet, exercise, and weight loss. By decreasing the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine, Ezetimibe lowers high cholesterol levels in the blood. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Ezetimibe?

The dosage of Ezetimibe prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Ezetimibe. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

The recommended dosage of Ezetimibe is 10 milligrams tablet once a day. It may be taken with or without food, preferably at the same time each day.

What if you miss a dose of Ezetimibe?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Ezetimibe 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?

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

What other drugs could interact with Ezetimibe?

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

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, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

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?

Like other medicines, Ezetimibe can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Ezetimibe 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 cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Ezetimibe develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Ezetimibe can cause side effects such as cough, dizziness, headache, joint pain, back pain, fatigue, stomach pain, and chest pain. 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.

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

Is it possible for me to take Ezetimibe with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Ezetimibe?
What are the possible drug interactions of Ezetimibe?
How will Ezetimibe work in my body?
How should Ezetimibe be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Ezetimibe 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 is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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