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Ezetimibe - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Ezetimibe helps lower your cholesterol level.

Excessive cholesterol in your body can clog up your blood vessels. This can lead to many health problems such as stroke and heart diseases, including heart attack.

Ezetimibe is meant to be taken as part of a complete cholesterol management programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Ezetimibe exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Ezetimibe with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Ezetimibe must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Ezetimibe even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Ezetimibe unless instructed by your doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not take Ezetimibe together with a statin (another cholesterol-lowering medicine e.g. simvastatin) if you are pregnant, planning to have a baby soon or breastfeeding, as statin may cause harm to your child.

Do not take Ezetimibe together with a statin if you have liver disease.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease.

Inform your doctor immediately if you experience muscle pain, weakness or tenderness especially if it is accompanied by fever or general body discomfort.

What side effects could I experience?

Common side effects of Ezetimibe include any of the following: stomach pain or wind, diarrhoea, and tiredness.

Ezetimibe taken together with a statin may cause headache and dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are rare. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:

- persistent muscle or joint pain, muscle cramps, numbness or weakness
- yellowing of the skin or the eyes
- brown or dark-coloured urine

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- warfarin (blood-thinning medicine)
- other cholesterol-lowering medicines e.g. simvastatin, fenofibrate
- ciclosporin (a medicine used for organ transplant and rheumatoid illness)

Ezetimibe should not be taken at the same time as cholestyramine. Cholestyramine reduces the effectiveness of Ezetimibe when taken at the same time. If you are taking cholestyramine, take Ezetimibe at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after taking cholestyramine.

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Ezetimibe.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Ezetimibe - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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