EZETIMIBE; SIMVASTATIN (ez ET i mibe; SIM va stat in) blocks the body's ability to absorb and make cholesterol. It is used to lower cholesterol. It is only for patients whose cholesterol level is not controlled by diet.
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine in the evening with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 10 years, precautions do apply.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
dark yellow or brown urine
loss of memory
muscle pain, tenderness, cramps, or weakness
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
signs and symptoms of high blood sugar such as being more thirsty or hungry or having to urinate more than normal. You may also feel very tired or have blurry vision.
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
yellowing of the skin or eyes
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
Do not take this medicine with any of the following:
antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin
certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole
supplements like red yeast rice
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
certain medicines for blood pressure or heart disease like amlodipine, diltiazem, verapamil
certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone and dronedarone
certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
frequently drink alcoholic beverages
kidney or liver disease
muscle aches or weakness
an unusual or allergic reaction to ezetimibe, simvastatin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your doctor or healthcare provider for regular check-ups. You may need regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly.
Tell your doctor or healthcare provider right away if you get any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever and tiredness. Your doctor or healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking this medicine if you develop muscle problems. If your muscle problems do not go away after stopping this medicine, contact your health care professional.
This medicine may increase blood sugar. Ask your healthcare provider if changes in diet or medicines are needed if you have diabetes.
This drug is only part of a total heart-health program. Your doctor or a dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet to help. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.
Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Serious side effects to an unborn child or to an infant are possible. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
If you are going to have surgery tell your healthcare provider that you are taking this drug.
Some drugs may increase the risk of side effects from this medicine. If you are given certain antibiotics or antifungals, your doctor or healthcare provider may stop this medicine for a short time. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
This medicine may cause a decrease in Co-Enzyme Q-10. You should make sure that you get enough Co-Enzyme Q-10 while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your healthcare provider.