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Ezetimibe and Simvastatin Drug Information

Ezetimibe/simvastatin (Vytorin®) is a daily medication used to lower a person's cholesterol and triglycerides. It contains two active ingredients:
 
  • Ezetimibe (Zetia®), a cholesterol absorption inhibitor
  • Simvastatin (Zocor®), which belongs to a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, more commonly known as statins.
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This combination drug works by causing the liver to make less cholesterol, increasing its ability to collect and get rid of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and blocking the absorption of cholesterol from the intestines into the blood.
 
Most people tolerate this medicine well; however, it can cause side effects, including headache, muscle pain, and diarrhea. Also, make sure your healthcare provider has information about any other drugs you are using before using ezetimibe/simvastatin, including nonprescription products.
 
(For more information on this drug's uses, dosing guidelines, and side effects, click Ezetimibe/Simvastatin.)
 

Ezetimibe and Simvastatin Drug Information

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