What is ezetimibe?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Zetia Ezetrol

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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
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 25 26
General health 5 2
Support heart health 5 3
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 3 1
Congenital muscular dystrophy 1 0

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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 6
Mild 6
None 50

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 muscle twitching (fasciculations) 1
Heart palpitations 1

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking ezetimibe

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 30
10 mg every 3 weeks 1

Why patients stopped taking ezetimibe

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 9
Side effects too severe 5
Expense 4
Other 4
Personal research 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 25 patients who've stopped taking ezetimibe

Duration

Currently taking ezetimibe

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking ezetimibe

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 59
Usually 5
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 22
Not at all hard to take 44
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 8
$25-49 7
< $25 14
Not specified 32

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking ezetimibe after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 4
Lovastatin-Niacin (Advicor) 1
Pitavastatin (Livalo) 1

Patients stopped taking ezetimibe and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 2
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5 patient evaluations for ezetimibe

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 1, 2010 (Started Jan 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Vivid dreams, moved onto a weight management plan, changed my diet and reduced both cholesterol and glucose levels TO BELOW recommended levels
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: vivid dreams

  • 0 helpful marks
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