To lower LDL "bad" cholesterol. Zetia has not been proven to reduce heart attacks or strokes.
Zetia can be used alone or in combination with a statin or fenofibrate. FDA officially approved Zetia to lower LDL "bad" cholesterol from a genetic condition.
Who might consider taking it?
Adults with high "bad" (LDL) cholesterol
Genetic conditions include primary hypercholesterolemia (heterozygous familial and nonfamilial), mixed hyperlipidemia and homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH)
What is not known
Not studied in children younger than age 10 or in girls who have not started their period
Not studied in people with Fredrickson Types I, III, IV, and V dyslipidemias
LONG TRACK RECORD
Long track record means that new‚ unexpected side effects are unlikely. Zetia was approved by FDA in 2002. Since Zetia has now been used by large numbers of people over a long time‚ the emergence of important side effects is less likely than with new drugs.
FDA-required studies at approval to answer questions about benefit and harms
The drug company was required to conduct additional studies about the benefits and side effects in non-white patients.
Do not take if you...
Are allergic to Zetia or its ingredients
Do not take Zetia with a statin if you...
Have active liver disease, are pregnant or may become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
Not recommended if you...
Have moderate to severe liver disease
Take drugs in a family called "fibrates" other than fenofibrate
Safe if pregnant or breastfeeding?
Only take if potential benefits outweigh potential harm to baby (FDA Category C)
Be cautious about breastfeeding - unknown if Zetia gets into breast milk
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