Information about Ezetimibe

Ezetimibe Uses

Ezetimibe is used in the treatment of high cholesterol.

How Ezetimibe works

Ezetimibe is a cholesterol absorption inhibitors. It reduces the cholesterol absorption from the intestine and lowers the levels of total cholesterol and "bad" cholesterol (LDL) in the blood.

Common side effects of Ezetimibe

Diarrhea, Joint pain, Respiratory tract infection, Sinus inflammation
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Expert advice for Ezetimibe

  • Ezetimibe treats high cholesterol by lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and raising good cholesterol (HDL). This helps prevent heart attack and stroke.
  • Take it in addition to regular exercise and low-fat diet.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience muscle symptoms (pain or weakness), particularly if accompanied with fever.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

Frequently asked questions for Ezetimibe


Q. Is Ezetimibe a blood thinner?

No, Ezetimibe is not a blood thinner. It belongs to cholesterol-lowering group of medicines. It is a medicine which is used along with lifestyle changes to reduce cholesterol levels and other fatty substances in the blood.

Q. What foods should be avoided while taking Ezetimibe?

Since Ezetimibe is meant to decrease blood cholesterol levels, for best results avoid foods which are high in calories like chips, burgers, fried food, etc. Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Be sure to follow all exercise and dietary recommendations made by your doctor or dietician.

Q. Can Ezetimibe cause liver damage?

Ezetimibe, when used with another cholesterol-lowering medicine (statin), may commonly cause an increase in liver enzymes. However, if it is used alone, then chances of increase in liver enzymes are uncommon. Your doctor will get blood tests done to check your liver function before starting and during treatment with Ezetimibe.

Q. Should Ezetimibe be taken at night?

You can take Ezetimibe at anytime of the day. Take it exactly as advised by your doctor. You can take it with or without food.

Q. Can I drink alcohol with Ezetimibe?

You should avoid alcohol while taking Ezetimibe since it may increase your risk of getting side effects in the liver. Discuss with your doctor if you have any concerns.

Q. Does Ezetimibe cause muscle pain?

Muscle pain may occur when Ezetimibe is used with a statin. It usually does not occur when Ezetimibe is used alone. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience unexplained muscle pain or weakness. This is because on rare occasions, muscle problems, including muscle breakdown which may result in kidney damage can be serious and may become a potentially fatal condition.

Q. Does Ezetimibe raise blood sugar?

No, Ezetimibe does not raise blood sugar levels. In fact, it may be helpful for patients with diabetes since it helps in improving insulin resistance and also kidney function. Ezetimibe has not been shown to have any direct effect on blood sugar levels.


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