Cholesterol Treatment

Zetia- The Cholesterol Lowering Medication

Zetia is a drug widely known to be helpful to lower the levels of cholesterol in the body. The generic name of the drug which is marketed as Zetia is Ezetimibe. It was first launched in the U.S. market in the year 2002.

How Does It Work?
Zetia is always prescribed along with a low-fat, cholesterol-reducing diet plan. Quite unlike other cholesterol lowering drugs, such as "statins" (which interfere with the production of cholesterol in the body), Zetia works by interfering with the absorption of dietary cholesterol present in meals. Its recommended daily dosage is 10 milligrams per day.

Alternately, it is also administered along with other cholesterol lowering medications. Further still, there are other medical situations for which Zetia can be prescribed.

Some Facts to Keep In Mind While Taking Zetia
Zetia should form a part of comprehensive cholesterol lowering diet plan. In anticipation of lowering the blood cholesterol, it should not be consumed all by itself. The only way in which it works is through interference in absorption of dietary cholesterol. Apart from Zetia, things that need to be incorporated in a cholesterol reducing plan is low-fat, low-cholesterol diet and a weight-loss exercise regime.

Zetia can be had along with other cholesterol lowering medications. These drugs may include the following type of drugs: with any of the "statin" drugs such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), or cerivastatin (Baycol), and with fenofibrates (Antara, Lofibra, Lipofen, Triglide, TriCor).

There are some drugs which are not to be had if you are taking Zetia. These drugs would include colestipol (Colestid), cholestyramine (Prevalite, Questran), or colesevelam (Welchol). You can take Zetia two hours before taking any of them. Also, if you have taken any of these drugs then you should ideally wait for four hours before taking a dose of Zetia.

It has been observed on some occasions that cholesterol-lowering medications can induce breakdown in the skeletal structure of muscles. This condition is dangerous as it can result in failure of kidneys. If you are on Zetia and experience any of the following, then immediately pay a visit to the doctor and get a thorough diagnosis done:

* Dark colored urine
* Fever or flu symptoms,
* Muscle weakness,
* Unexplained muscle pain or tenderness.

Zetia should not be taken (or should be taken only after consulting a physician) if you are:

* suffering from diabetes
* below 10 years of age.
* using birth control pills or are taking steroid medicines
* suffering from liver disease
* suffering from kidney disease
* suffering from overactive thyroid