Zetia product description
Zetia is a hypolipidemic drug, used to reduce high blood cholesterol levels. Zetia has a significant lipid-lowering effect due to the prevention of cholesterol absorption in the gastrointestinal tract.
Zetia is effective in treating various types of inherited or acquired lipid disorders, such as:
- primary hyperlipidemia
- homozygous sitosterolemia
- homozygous familial hypercholesterol aemia (FH)
Zetia can be used both as monotherapy for lipid disorders, and in combination with other lipid-lowering drugs (statins), or a non-surgical procedure to reduce plasma cholesterol levels (LDL apheresis).
One Zetia 10mg tablet once a day is required to limit cholesterol absorption in the small intestine. The tablets can be taken regardless of the main meal time. Zetia dosage is required to be adjusted in elderly patients and patients with mild kidney diseases.
Zetia tablets are recommended to be taken each day at the same time. Slight changes in the schedule of Zetia intake are allowed, but you should not take two Zetia doses at the same time.
When using Zetia in combination with statins (Rosuvastatin Simvastatin), you can take the two lipid-lowering drugs together. Combined drug therapy of lipid disorder requires prescribing individual dosing regimen of Zetia and other cholesterol lowering medications (including bile acid sequestrants) for every case.
To protect Zetia tablets from moisture, they should be stored in the original blister package or sealed bottle, at temperature no higher than 30°C.
Zetia safety information
Atrophy of muscle tissue and skeletal muscle weakness can be observed in patients, taking Zetia 10mg tablets. Zetia causes such symptoms mostly in the elderly, in the patients taking high daily doses of statins, and in the patients with endocrine diseases or severe renal diseases.
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Zetia side effects
Zetia tablets may cause transient side effects that develop in isolated cases. Mild muscle pain is observed in less than 3% of patients, using the standard Zetia dose. Less commonly, Zetia may cause soft pain of various localizations, including: extremity pain, joint pain, back pain, headache, or abdominal pain. While using Zetia, some patients may feel fatigue, diarrhea, flatulence, upper respiratory tract infection, sinusitis, and common cold.
Common cold manifests more often, when Zetia is taken with a statin, than in lipid disorders monotherapy with Zetia. The patients, who take only Zetia tablets, have mild, transient joint pain more frequently, than patients, who use Zetia as one of the components in the combined cholesterol-lowering therapy.