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
High Cholesterol 85 30
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 27

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 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 5

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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