Zetia, the brand name for ezetimibe, is a prescription drug for people with high cholesterol. It works by limiting the amount of cholesterol your body can absorb from food, and it is meant to be used along with regular exercise as well as a diet low in fat and cholesterol.
Chemical structure of Zetia (ezetimibe)
Zetia Coupon (Discount Card)
Give your pharmacist the following information to get your discount on Zetia.
Merck, the manufacturer of Zetia, offers a patient assistance program for people experiencing financial hardship and lacking insurance coverage for the drug. If you are a resident of the United States and you have a valid prescription, you may qualify for this special coupon. You must meet certain income and insurance requirements to qualify.
Your pharmacist will give you specific instructions when you pick up your prescription, but in general, Zetia is taken by mouth once per day. It does not matter if you take it with or without food, but if you are taking another medication known as a bile acid sequestrant, you should take Zetia two hours before or four hours after.
Ezetimibe, the active ingredient in Zetia, is used to treat multiple forms of high cholesterol, including homozygous- and heterozygous-inherited high blood cholesterol, high triglyceride levels combined with high cholesterol, an overabundance of fat in the blood and excess absorption of cholesterol from foods.
Dosage and Strength
Zetia (ezetimibe) comes in a 10-milligram tablet, to be taken once per day.
Allergic reactions to Zetia do not happen very often, but if you experience any allergy symptoms when taking this medication, seek immediate medical attention. Some of the signs of a drug allergy are extreme dizziness, difficulty breathing, rash, and swelling or itching anywhere on the body, but especially in the area of the throat, tongue or face.
Other rare side effects of Zetia include:
Side effects that infrequently occur from taking Zetia include:
The most common side effect of Zetia is:
Always tell your doctor and your pharmacist about all medications you are taking so they can anticipate potential drug interactions and monitor you for side effects. Never start or stop a medication without talking to your physician and pharmacist first. These drugs in particular may have significant interactions:
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have any history of liver disease or if you are allergic to any medications.
If you are pregnant or nursing, work with your doctor to decide whether the benefits of taking this medication outweigh the risks.
Never share your medication with others.
Always store Zetia away from pets and children in a dark, dry location, not in a humid area such as a bathroom. When you fill your prescription, check the expiration date on the bottle, and do not take your medication if it is expired.
Other drugs that treat high cholesterol and contain ezetimibe, the active ingredient in Zetia, include: