Vytorin (ezetimibe simvastatin) is the brand name of a medication used to lower cholesterol. It comprises two medications that work together by reducing the amount of “bad” LDL cholesterol in your body. These two ingredients have been studied extensively and are generally well-tolerated by patients. Because Vytorin is a combination drug, there are risks associated with taking it as well as benefits—and these can vary from person to person. In this article, I'll tell you about Vytorin: how it works, what side effects you should be aware of when starting treatment with this medication, and whether or not it's right for you.
What is Vytorin used for?
Vytorin is used to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. It can be taken alone or with a statin (another type of drug used to lower cholesterol) and is also prescribed as part of combination therapy.
Vytorin treats high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high LDL cholesterol, high VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, and apoB (an essential protein that helps transport fat in your blood) levels in adults who have mixed hyperlipidemia. This condition occurs when you have high triglycerides and elevated levels of LDL-C (low-density lipoprotein), non-HDL-C (total cholesterol minus HDL), or LDL plus VLDL combined; these values are usually above 150 mg/dl for men and above 130 mg/dl for women.
If you have mildly elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, your doctor may recommend Vytorin as first-line therapy. Other drugs such as statins are also available if the medication does not work for you.
How does Vytorin work?
Vytorin is a combination of ezetimibe and simvastatin, two medications that work in different ways to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Ezetimibe works by reducing the amount of cholesterol the liver produces. Simvastatin lowers LDL cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase. Ezetimibe and simvastatin are more effective than either drug at reducing both total and LDL cholesterol levels in many people with high levels of both types of cholesterol.
Does Vytorin come in a generic form?
Yes, a generic version of Vytorin (ezetimibe/simvastatin) is available. Vytorin is a brand-name drug that contains two active drugs: ezetimibe and simvastatin. This combination of active drugs is also available as a generic drug called ezetimibe/simvastatin.
How is Vytorin dosed?
Vytorin is a cholesterol-lowering medication that is dosed once daily. The dosage of Vytorin depends on the patient's current blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. The usual dose of Vytorin is 10/10 mg to 10/40 mg once daily. Vytorin is available in four tablet strengths which are given in milligrams (mg): 10 mg/10 mg, 10 mg/20 mg, 10 mg/40 mg, and 10 mg/80 mg.
Vytorin can be taken with or without food. If you are taking another medication with high doses or multiple types of statins, talk to your doctor about the potential risk factors associated with taking both medications.
What interactions should you avoid when taking Vytorin?
You should avoid taking Vytorin if you're taking certain medications, as these are known to interact with the drug. The following drugs should not be taken while on Vytorin:
● Warfarin (Coumadin)
● Antifungals such as fluconazole (Diflucan) and itraconazole (Sporanox)
● Antibiotics such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin, and telithromycin (Ketek)
● Statins—the class of cholesterol-lowering medications that includes atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin
Additionally, grapefruit juice is not recommended for those who take Vytorin. Grapefruit juice may increase the number of statins in your body if consumed within 24 hours before taking this medication.
It's also important to know that serotonin-related medications, such as fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft), should not be taken with Vytorin. For more information on which drugs are compatible and incompatible with Vytorin, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What are the side effects of Vytorin?
The most common side effects of Vytorin (ezetimibe/simvastatin) include:
● Stomach pain
● Nausea or vomiting
These are not all the possible side effects of Vytorin. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms you experience while taking this medication.
What happens when I stop taking Vytorin?
You should not stop taking Vytorin without talking to your doctor first. Stopping your statin can put you at risk of having heart disease and other preventable health problems like stroke and heart attack from high cholesterol. If you stop taking this medicine, your blood pressure may get higher than it was before you took it. This can increase the chance of having a stroke or heart attack in the future.
You may need to take Vytorin for life if you have high cholesterol that cannot be controlled with diet and exercise alone. Your doctor will decide if it is safe for you to stop taking Vytorin based on how well your body has responded to treatment so far, as well as factors such as whether there are any other medical conditions affecting your health (such as diabetes). You may also need regular checkups with your doctor so that he/she can monitor any side effects caused by stopping treatment abruptly after long periods of use over many years - especially if he/she feels there may still be benefits coming from continued use beyond those already experienced by patients who had been on therapy prior those starting new therapy today!
How much does Vytorin cost?
If you're prescribed Vytorin, you may wonder how much it will cost. According to GoodRx, the cost for Vytorin oral tablet (10 mg-10 mg) is around $387 for a supply of 30 tablets. However, the cost may vary depending on the pharmacy you visit. Some Medicare and insurance plans cover Vytorin, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. If you're concerned about the cost of Vytorin, be sure to check with your global pharmacy plus for discounted Vytorin. Vytorin may not have many discounts in the US market.
How to know if Vytorin is right for you?
There is no perfect drug that works for everyone. Before you take Vytorin (Ezetimibe Simvastatin), you must talk with your doctor about how this drug may fit into your life and how it might affect you. Your doctor will want to know:
● The symptoms that led you to seek treatment in the first place
● The medicines that you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medications and supplements
● Your medical history, including any allergies or side effects from past drugs
● Your family’s medical history if there is a familial predisposition toward high cholesterol levels or cardiovascular disease.
We hope this article has helped you understand what Vytorin is, how it works, and whether or not it’s right for your needs. If you have any questions about this medication, please do not hesitate to contact your doctor or pharmacist.