Ezetimibe is an anti-hyperlipidemic medication. It is used to lower cholesterol levels. The therapy is used along with the diet. It reduces the increased levels of cholesterol & its other components. Its other components include total C, LDL-C Apo B and fatty substances. It is only for the patients whose cholesterol level is not controlled by diet. The drug is popular as compared to other drugs of the same class.
Ezetimibe belongs to the class of medications known as lipid-lowering compounds. It inhibits the intestinal absorption of cholesterol and related phytosterols. Cholesterol-reducing compounds inhibit cholesterol synthesis in the liver. Ezetimibe doesn’t inhibit cholesterol synthesis in the liver. It involves in the local action.
The drug acts to brush out the borders of the small intestine to remove cholesterol. It also inhibits the absorption of cholesterol there. This decreases the amount of cholesterol which is delivered through the intestine in the liver. The store of cholesterol in the liver decreases. As a result, there is an increase in the uptake of cholesterol from the blood.
Ezetimibe is available in the form of a tablet of strength 10 mg.
General dose: The recommended dose is 10 mg tablet one time a day. You should take the tablet around the same time every day. You can take it with or without food.
Children (10 years or older): 10 mg tablet one time a day.
Children (< or = to 10 years): Safety and efficacy isn’t established for this age group.
Cost of Generic Ezetimibe.
Pack of 10 tablets of Ezetimibe (10mg) cost $ 9, per unit cost is $ 0.9.
Cost of Brand Zetia.
Pack of 10 tablets of Zetia (10mg) cost 118.32, per unit cost is $ 11.83.