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Vytorin Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Vytorin is a cholesterol-lowering drug. It is used along with a special diet to lower the amount of fatty material in the blood--triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. Vytorin raises HDL cholesterol, which helps prevent fats from building up and clogging the arteries. It works by interrupting the process of cholesterol production, mainly in the liver.

Vytorin Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is one 10/20 tablet containing 10 milligrams of ezetimibe and 20 milligrams of simvastatin taken once a day in the evening.

Uses of Vytorin

  • It is used to lower the amount of fatty material in the blood--triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Vytorin

Before taken Vytorin medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Vytorin. Side effects may include:

  • Allergic reaction including swelling of the face, lips, throat, or tongue
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Headache
  • Inflammation of the gallbladder
  • Muscle pain
  • Tenderness, or weakness
  • Nausea

Warnings and precautions before taking Vytorin:

  • Vytorin can cause the breakdown of muscle tissue, which can lead to serious kidney damage and, in rare cases, death from kidney failure. You should stop taking Vytorin and call your doctor immediately if you have muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness.
  • If you are taking Vytorin, then it can cause liver problems, so your doctor will order a blood test to check your liver enzymes before your first dose and again at regular intervals during treatment.
  • If you have diabetes, kidney disease, any kind of muscle disorder, or if you have ever had liver problems, then you should be used caution while you are taking Vytorin.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Vytorin with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Vytorin with the following:

  • Amiodarone (Cordarone)
  • Benzafibrate
  • Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
  • Erythromycin
  • Fenofibrate
  • Gemfibrozil (Lopid)
  • Nefazodone
  • Verapamil
Overdose

Although there is no specific information about Vytorin overdose. But after taken Vytorin if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.


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