ZETIA® (EZE TIMIBE) TABLE TS
PATIEN T INFORMATION ABOU T ZETIA (ze˘ t´-ē-ă)
Generic name: ezetimibe (e˘-ze˘t´-e˘ -mīb)
Read this information carefully before you start taking ZE TIA
and each time you get more ZE TIA. There may be new information.
This information does not take the place of talking with your
doctor about your medical condition or your treatment. If you have
any questions about ZE TIA, ask your doctor. Only your doctor
can determine if ZE TIA is right for you.
WHAT IS ZETIA?
ZE TIA is a medicine used to lower levels of total cholesterol and
LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood. ZE TIA is for patients who
cannot control their cholesterol levels by diet and exercise alone.
It can be used by itself or with other medicines to treat high
cholesterol. You should stay on a cholesterol-lowering diet while
taking this medicine.
ZE TIA works to reduce the amount of cholesterol your body
absorbs. ZE TIA does not help you lose weight. ZE TIA has not been
shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks.
For more information about cholesterol, see the“What should I know
about high cholesterol?” section that follows.
WHO SHOULD NO T TAKE ZETIA?
• Do not take ZE TIA if you are allergic to ezetimibe, the active
ingredient in ZE TIA, or to the inactive ingredients. For a list of
inactive ingredients, see the “Inactive ingredients” section
• If you have active liver disease, do not take ZE TIA while taking
cholesterol-lowering medicines called statins.
• If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, do not take ZE TIA while
taking a statin.
• If you are a woman of childbearing age, you should use an
effective method of birth control to prevent pregnancy while
using ZE TIA added to statin therapy.
ZE TIA has not been studied in children under age 10.
WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY DOC TOR BEFORE
AND WHILE TAKING ZETIA?
Tell your doctor about any prescription and non-prescription
medicines you are taking or plan to take, including natural
or herbal remedies.
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including allergies.
Tell your doctor if you:
• ever had liver problems. ZE TIA may not be right for you.
• are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Your doctor will discuss with
you whether ZE TIA is right for you.
• are breast-feeding. We do not know if ZE TIA can pass to your
baby through your milk. Your doctor will discuss with you whether
ZE TIA is right for you.
• experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness.
HOW SHOULD I TAKE ZETIA?
• Take ZE TIA once a day, with or without food. It may be easier to
remember to take your dose if you do it at the same time every
day, such as with breakfast, dinner, or at bedtime. If you also take
another medicine to reduce your cholesterol, ask your doctor if
you can take them at the same time.
• If you forget to take ZE TIA, take it as soon as you remember.
However, do not take more than one dose of ZE TIA a day.
• Continue to follow a cholesterol-lowering diet while taking
ZE TIA. Ask your doctor if you need diet information.
• Keep taking ZE TIA unless your doctor tells you to stop. It is
important that you keep taking ZE TIA even if you do not feel sick.
See your doctor regularly to check your cholesterol level and
to check for side effects. Your doctor may do blood tests to
check your liver before you start taking ZE TIA with a statin and
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFEC TS OF ZETIA?
In clinical studies patients reported few side effects while
taking ZE TIA. These included diarrhea, joint pains, and
Patients have experienced severe muscle problems while
taking ZE TIA, usually when ZE TIA was added to a statin drug.
If you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or
weakness while taking ZE TIA, contact your doctor immediately.
You need to do this promptly, because on rare occasions, these
muscle problems can be serious, with muscle breakdown
resulting in kidney damage.
Additionally, the following side effects have been reported in
general use: allergic reactions (which may require treatment
right away) including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and/or
throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing,
rash, and hives; raised red rash, sometimes with target-shaped
lesions; joint pain; muscle aches; alterations in some
laboratory blood tests; liver problems; stomach pain;
inflammation of the pancreas; nausea; dizziness; tingling
sensation; depression; headache; gallstones; inflammation of
Tell your doctor if you are having these or any other medical
problems while on ZE TIA. For a complete list of side effects,
ask your doctor or pharmacist.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT HIGH CHOLESTEROL?
Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your blood. Your total
cholesterol is made up of LDL and HDL cholesterol.
LDL cholesterol is called “bad” cholesterol because it can build
up in the wall of your arteries and form plaque. Over time, plaque
build-up can cause a narrowing of the arteries. This narrowing
can slow or block blood flow to your heart, brain, and other organs.
High LDL cholesterol is a major cause of heart disease and one of
the causes for stroke.
HDL cholesterol is called “good” cholesterol because it keeps the
bad cholesterol from building up in the arteries.
Triglycerides also are fats found in your blood.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOU T ZETIA
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not
mentioned in patient information leaflets. Do not use ZE TIA for
a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give ZE TIA to
other people, even if they have the same condition you have.
It may harm them.
This summarizes the most important information about ZE TIA.
If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can
ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about ZE TIA that
is written for health professionals.
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Issued July 2009
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