Vytorin is the brand name of the combination medication that contains Simvastatin and Ezetimibe, with each drug component performing a specific function. Simvastatin works by blocking the enzyme that produces cholesterol in the body, while Ezetimibe works as a statin by lowering the lipid levels. Vytorin is a prescription drug that should only be taken with the doctor’s consent.
Vytorin is indicated in the treatment of dyslipidemia and high blood cholesterol. The drug is recommended for treatment along with a low-fat diet and exercise to bring down the cholesterol levels in both adults and children above the age of ten.
The dose is adjusted based on which drug ingredient is required in higher levels than the other one or equally in order to treat the specific ailment with Ezetimibe and Simvastatin doses available as 10/10mg, 10/20 mg, 10/40 mg, and 10/80 mg, respectively. The orally administered medications should be taken exactly as indicated by the healthcare professional. Modifying the dose or the drug course is not advisable.
The treatment plan should also include a healthy diet with low fat foods, weight control, and regular exercise. The individual should undergo regular blood tests while using Vytorin.
To ensure safety of use, the patient should disclose to the healthcare provider if the individual has a thyroid condition, liver or kidney problems, alcoholism, low blood pressure, electrolyte imbalance, above sixty-five years of age, and is of Chinese descent as they are more prone to developing myopathy. Pregnant women should refrain from taking Vytorin, or stop using it and consult with the doctor immediately in case of pregnancy.
To ensure that the efficacy of Vytorin is unaffected, do not consume high fat or cholesterol-rich foods, alcohol, and grapefruit juice. These substances can also increase the risk of side effects.
Common signs of adverse effects include headache, flu like symptoms, and diarrhea. Severe reactions that require medical attention without any delay are sudden tiredness, fever, dark urine, muscle pain, rapid weight gain, nausea, appetite problems, and trouble urinating. Vytorin should be taken as instructed as doing so can help reduce the risk of side effects and the patient can also be aware of what concurrent symptoms to look out for.
Disclose to the prescribing doctor all medications that are being taken, including prescription medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements, and over-the-counter drugs. Drugs that may interact adversely include those containing specific antibiotics, niacin or vitamin B3, heart medication, blood pressure medications, heart rhythm medicine, blood thinners, colchicine, lomitapide, antifungal formulations, certain HIV drugs, and fenofibrate.