In most cases, Zetia medication is given to patients to help lower their overall cholesterol levels. However, it is usually prescribed in conjunction with a low cholesterol diet plan, which will also need to be followed carefully. This drug works by helping to reduce the amount of cholesterol that the body absorbs from the diet it is consuming, and doing this can help prevent a patient from experiencing strokes or heart attacks along the way.
Taking Time to Work
As with many other drugs, patients will need to use Zetia medication for at least two to three weeks before they can expect to see any changes in their overall cholesterol levels. However, patients can only expect to see noticeable results if they have taken the medication according to instructions and followed the low cholesterol diet that has been provided by their doctor. In addition, patients may be required to start getting a little exercise as well, as this will help improve the effectiveness of the medication and help reduce their cholesterol levels naturally at the same time – a definite win-win situation.
Potential Side Effects
Although there have been a few side effects and interactions reported with the use of Zetia medication, most of them have been extremely mild – and rare. Possible side effects and interactions can include the risk of liver damage (especially in patients that already suffer from impaired liver function), muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, yellowing eyes and/or skin, dark urine, weakness and abnormal levels of tiredness. Patients who experience trouble breathing, hives, rashes, swelling of the face, throat, tongue or mouth, itching, dizziness or any other adverse reactions should seek immediate medical attention.
Use with Caution while Pregnant or Breastfeeding
There is the possibility that Zetia medication can be transferred to breast milk, so it is crucial for breastfeeding moms to inform their doctors before taking this drug. While no other adverse reactions have been experienced during pregnancy, there is always the possibility that they could occur. As a result, it is recommended that this medication only be used during pregnancy if it is absolutely necessary.
In cases where patients are not able to pay full price for their Zetia medication prescription, it is recommended that they ask their health care provider about the possibility of there being a prescription discount card available. This can help reduce the cost by as much as 80% in some cases.