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ezetimibe

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Ezetimibe Adult

ezetimibe - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can ezetimibe cause?

  • ​Stomach disturbances, e.g. diarrhoea, stomach pain
  • feeling tired
  • joint pain

Inform your healthcare professional of these side-effects do not go away and interfere with your daily life.

Rare but serious side effects that need to seek medical advice immediately

Very rarely, ezetimibe may cause muscle or liver problems. These symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Breakdown of muscles - unexplained, severe muscle pain that does not go away, muscle weakness/ cramps all over your body or dark tea-coloured urine.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If your experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking ezetimibe, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare processional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You have or have had liver or kidney disease.
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take ezetimibe?

​​Some medications may interact with Ezetimibe and affect their effectiveness or increase the risk of side-effects. However, these medications may also be important for your treatment. Inform your healthcare professional of the other medications you are currently taking. Examples include:

  • Other cholesterol-lowering medications (e.g. cholestyramine, gemfibrozil, fenofibrate)

ezetimibe - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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