Vytorin is a combination medication combining ezetimibe and simvastatin which is used to lower levels of “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides and to increase levels of “good” cholesterol in the body and should be used together with lifestyle changes to lower cholesterol in adults and children over 10 years old. Lifestyle changes to help can include eating a low-fat diet, exercising, losing weight if necessary and stopping smoking.
The two medications, ezetimibe and simvastatin work together to lower “bad’ cholesterol and raise “good” cholesterol. Ezetimibe works by reducing the amount of cholesterol that your body absorbs from your diet while simvastatin reduces the amount of cholesterol made by the liver.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common Vytorin side effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following Vytorin side effects:
Q: What should I avoid while taking Vytorin?
A: While you are taking Vytorin, you should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice as this can interact with your medication causing unwanted side effects. You should also avoid drinking alcohol, smoking or eating foods which are high in fat.
Q: What lifestyle changes should I make to lower my cholesterol?
A: As well as taking Vytorin, you should eat a low-fat diet, exercise, lose weight if necessary and stop smoking.