Ezetimibe is used mainly in the treatment of high cholesterol .
What is Ezetimibe?
Ezetimibe works by reducing the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the body.
How is Ezetimibe taken?
Ezetimibe is taken by mouth . Sometimes it is taken in combination with other medicines to minimize the cholesterol concentration.
It must be taken at the same time as a correct diet and physical activity program.
Side effects of Ezetimibe
In a few cases, cholesterol-lowering drugs can lead to myalgia and rhabdomyolysis , thus increasing the danger of kidney failure.
Among other possible side effects of ezetimibe we also find:
- numbness or tingling;
- slight stomach pain, diarrhea ;
- feeling of tiredness ;
- dizziness ;
- stuffy or runny nose, symptoms of a cold;
- back pain or joint pain;
It is best to notify a doctor immediately in the presence of:
- rash ;
- urticaria ;
- itching ;
- breathing problems;
- feeling of tightness or chest pain;
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue;
- unusual weakness, sensitivity or muscle pain;
- nausea ;
- stomach pain;
- low fever;
- loss of appetite;
- dark urine ;
- clay-colored stools;
- jaundice ;
- throat pain and head pain related to severe skin rash ;
- blisters and peeling of the epidermis.
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Ezetimibe
Ezetimibe should not be taken together with Colestyramine, Colestipol or Colesevelam: you must wait at least 4 hours after taking one of these medicines before taking it, or take it at least 2 hours before these medicines.
In addition, Ezetimibe should not be taken in combination with Fenofibrate or Statine.
Before taking it is essential to warn the doctor:
- of allergies to the active substance, its excipients, other medicines, foods, or other substances;
- the drugs, phytotherapy and supplements taken, specifically mentioning steroids and hormones (also the contraceptive pill), Colestyramine, Colestipol, Colesevelam, Gemfibrozil, Cyclosporine and anticoagulants;
- if you suffer (or have suffered) from kidney disease or thyroid problems ;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding .
Up to 2 weeks of treatment may be needed before seeing improvements in cholesterol levels