It is used for the treatment of high blood cholesterol along with a low-cholesterol diet, low-fat and also it is also used to treat high blood sitosterol and campesterol along with diet therapy. And it may also be prescribed for other conditions which it is found appropriate for, by your health care provider.
How to use Zetia
As is the case with most medications, your doctor/health care professional is the best person to advice you about using Zetia and give you precise dosage instructions. Please follow his/her instructions carefully. If unsure, you may also check the medicine label for instructions.
Zetia may be taken with or without a meal to avoid problems with upset stomach.
Do not take it within 4 hours before or 2 hours after taking Zetia, if you also take a bile acid sequestrant (eg, cholestyramine, colesevelam, colestipol).
You should maintain a routine for taking Zetia at the same time each day. This will help you remember take it.
You should not stop using Zetia suddenly without prior consultation with your health care provider.
Always contact your health care provider if you have any doubts about the usage of Zetia.
Zetia Class and Mechanism
Being an antihyperlipidemic agent, it does its job by lowering the amount of cholesterol or other sterols that your body absorbs from your diet.
Medication must be taken regularly and according to the dosage instructions provided for the entire length of the treatment taking care to not miss out on doses.
But, if it is nearly time for the next dose when you remember about the missed dose, then the best thing to do would be to skip it and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
You should never double up or take two doses simultaneously to make up for the missed dose as it may have unwanted side effects.
Store Zetia at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Zetia out of the reach of children and away from pets.
You must always discuss your medical history in detail with your health care provider before using Zetia. Your dosage might be adjusted or your condition might require constant monitoring if you are allergic to any ingredient in Zetia andyou have moderate to severe liver problems.
Zetia should not be used if you if you experience unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness,
For best results, Zetia should be used along with exercise, a low fat diet, low cholesterol, and weight loss program if you are overweight.
Zetia may induce drowsiness or dizziness in some patients and hence you must avoid potentially risky or dangerous tasks like driving or handling heavy machinery.
For Pregnant Women: If you are pregnant or are planning to become a mother, then you must maintain caution while using Zetia. Because, Zetia may cause fetal harm and hence, consult your health care provider to discuss the potential risks to the unborn baby.
Do not use Zetia without consulting your doctor if you are breast feeding as it is not clear whether Zetia is passed out through the breast milk.
Generic info: You should inform your doctor, lab technician and your dentist about Zetia before you undergo any emergency surgery or lab tests. This is because Zetia may interfere with the results of certain lab tests.
Certain lab tests may be prescribed regularly while you are undergoing treatment with Zetia. These tests will help gauge the progress of treatment and also the severity of side effects if any. So, please ensure that you do not miss out on any such tests.
Extreme caution should be maintained while using Zetia in children younger than 12 years old. This is because the safety and the effectiveness of Zetia in children this small have not been confirmed yet.