What is ezetimibe?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Zetia

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Ezetimibe, an anti-lipid agent used with dietary therapy for the treatment of primary hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) and sitosterolemia, a rare disorder. In combination with other agents it is used for familial hypercholesterolemia and hyperlipidemia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High Cholesterol 73 28
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 22 22
General health 5 2
High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia) 3 1
Congenital Muscular Dystrophy 1 0
Doctor recommendation 1 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 3
Mild 5
None 46

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with ezetimibe

Side effect Patients
Muscle and joint pain 2
Diarrhea 1
Dry mouth 1
Elevated blood pressure 1
Eye Twitching 1
Psoriatic plaques (scaly patches) 1

Show all 7 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking ezetimibe

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 23

Why patients stopped taking ezetimibe

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 8
Side effects too severe 5
Expense 3
Other 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking ezetimibe

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking ezetimibe

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 53
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 21
Not at all hard to take 37
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 7
< $25 12
Not specified 29

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking ezetimibe after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1
Lovastatin-Niacin (Advicor) 1
Pitavastatin (Livalo) 1

Patients stopped taking ezetimibe and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1
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5 patient evaluations for ezetimibe

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rose5
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rose5
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:
Parkinson's

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Aug 11, 2015 (Started May 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for High Cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Zetia and zocor are still keeping my cholesterol levels down.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Aug 16, 2014 (Started May 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for High Cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Zetia and zocor are still keeping my cholesterol levels down.

Jul 14, 2012 (Started May 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for High Cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

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grandma5
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grandma5
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Dec 10, 2010 (Started Oct 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for High Cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

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subadmiral
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subadmiral
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Mood: Good
Cognition: Mild
Autonomic: Moderate
Head: moderate
Arms: severe
Legs: severe
Tremors: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MSA

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Jan 16, 2010 (Started Dec 19, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for High Cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 31, 2009 (Started Dec 19, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Zetia is fairly ineffective but taken by itself (without a statin), but when the patient is allergic to statins, is about the only medicine you take. Luckily, maintaining a healthy diet is more effective method for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 11, 2008 (Started Dec 19, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Zetia is a non-Statin drug prescribed by my doctor, after I had a strong negative reaction to statins. It does not appear to have much effect by itself, as is normally ordered in conjunction with a satin.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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