: Zetia, Ezetrol
: Treatment of high cholesterol
: Brand Merck Zetia 10mg and Generic Ezetimibe 10mg tablets
How Ezetimibe Works
Ezetimibe is the active medicinal ingredient found in Zetia; this medication is used to lower cholesterol. Ezetimibe works by decreasing the body’s ability to absorb cholesterol and unlike “statins” Ezetimibe works in the digestive tract rather than the liver. It is used along with a healthy diet and exercise regime and can be taken alone or in combination with other cholesterol medications. The recommended dosage for Ezetimibe is 10mg once daily or as directed by your doctor.
Generic Ezetimibe vs Brand Zetia
There are minor differences between brand and generic Zetia; both medications contain the medical ingredient Ezetimibe. Ezetimibe is marketed by Merk as Zetia in the USA only; Zetia is known as Ezetrol in the rest of the world. Your order for Zetia may have an alternate name depending on its country of origin; an alternate name does not make the medication a generic. Generic Zetia or Ezetimibe is manufactured outside of a Merk facility; this is the biggest difference between Zetia and Ezetimibe. Generic Ezetimibe and Zetia are identical in dose, strength, safety, efficacy, chemical makeup and therapeutic use. We currently have the brand from UK and the generic from India. It may come from other countries around the world.
Ezetimibe Possible side effects
While taking Ezetimibe you may experience the following side effects:
• back pain
• joint pain
• sinus infections
• throat infections
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the above side effects and are becoming bothersome or severe.
Ezetimibe is not for everyone; if you are allergic to Ezetimibe do not take Zetia/Ezetrol. Tell your doctor about any medical conditions you may have or any medications you are currently taking. If you have reduced liver function you must be regularly monitored by your doctor as Ezetimibe may cause liver damage. Ezetimibe may also cause pancreas damage therefore it is important to be regularly monitored. This medication should not be used by pregnant women or women who are breast-feeding.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
All prices are in US dollars.
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