Vytorin (Simvastatin, Ezetimibe)

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Vytorin (Ezetimibe-Simvastatin) Medication Information

Uses

Vytorin is a combination medication that contains a cholesterol absorption inhibitor and a statin and it is used to treat hyperlipidemia.

Dosage

The tablets are available in several different strengths:

  • 10/10 mg
  • 10/20 mg
  • 10/40 mg
  • 10/80 mg

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Vytorin include:

  • Headache
  • Myalgia
  • Increase in liver enzymes
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Diarrhea 

Speak with your doctor for a full list of side effects that apply to you if you are taking Vytorin.

Precautions

There is a risk of myopathy and a complication called rhabdomyolysis with the use of Vytorin. 

There is a risk of developing liver dysfunction, so liver enzymes should be monitored with Vytorin use. 

Interactions

A common drug interaction with Vytorin includes:

  • Itraconazole
  • Clarithromycin
  • Cyclosporin
  • Gemfibrozil
  • Amiodarone
  • Verapamil
  • Diltiazem
  • Amlodipine
  • Grapefruit juice 

Speak with your doctor for more information and before starting a new medication with Vytorin. 

Storage

Store at room temperature (68-77 ºF). Keep Vytorin in a tightly closed container.

Pharmacist Tips

  • You should follow your recommended diet in addition to taking Vytorin. 
  • There is a risk of myopathy, and if you develop unexplained muscle pain while taking Vytorin seek medical attention.
  • While taking Vytorin, your doctor should monitor your liver function. 

Vytorin FAQs

Who should take Vytorin?

Vytorin is a medication that is used to treat high cholesterol.

 

What are the side effects of Vytorin?

The common side effects seen with Vytorin are muscle pain, liver enzyme increase, and headache. 

 

How quickly does Vytorin work?

It can take several weeks before you see the full effect of Vytorin. 

 

Can Vytorin damage the liver?

Vytorin can cause liver dysfunction, which is why your liver should be monitored by your doctor. 

 

Does Vytorin lower triglycerides?

Vytorin can lower your triglyceride levels. 

 

Related Drugs

Reference:

Vytorin {package insert}. North Wales, PA: Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals; 2011.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/021687s033s040lbl.pdf

PharmD Medical Writer

Author: Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Roybal is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist who has practiced in both ambulatory and acute care settings. Her pharmacy interests include oncology and general inpatient pharmacy.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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