Zimybe (Ezetimibe & Simvastatin)
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Zimybe is a combination medicine that improves cholesterol levels. Alongside diet and lifestyle changes, Zimybe can help lower the blood’s low-density lipoprotein levels and triglycerides. These are also known as LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Zimybe also helps increase the amount of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), or “good” cholesterol.
Zimybe is a tablet that should be taken orally. This medication includes a combination of active ingredients: ezetimibe and simvastatin. These same ingredients can also be found in Vytorin.
Since Zimybe impacts cholesterol levels, it is often prescribed for patients with high cholesterol. It also treats the following conditions:
- Homozygous sitosterolemia, a lipid disorder associated with excess plant sterols that leads to premature heart conditions
- Primary hyperlipidemia, a condition associated with elevated cholesterol levels throughout the body
- HDL increases
- Decreases in fatty substances
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- How Does Zimybe Work?
- Precautions and Warnings of Zimybe
- Zimybe Side Effects
- Drug Interactions With Zimybe
- Strengths and Dosages of Zimybe
- Zimybe FAQs
How Does Zimybe Work?
Zimybe combines active ingredients to address cholesterol levels in two different ways. Ezetimibe is a selective cholesterol-absorption inhibitor, preventing cholesterol from being absorbed in the intestines. It can reduce cholesterol absorption by 15-20% daily. Significantly, Ezetimibe does not interfere with absorbing fat-soluble vitamins and non-cholesterol fats.
Simvastatin is part of the statin drug class. This family of medicines reduces cholesterol levels by preventing the liver from making as much cholesterol. The liver typically produces most of the cholesterol a person needs. However, patients with high cholesterol levels may produce excess amounts. Simvastatin interferes with the liver enzyme responsible for making cholesterol to reduce the overall level.
Zimybe’s dual mechanisms of action offer a double-pronged approach to high cholesterol. Ezetimibe limits the amount of cholesterol absorbed from food, and simvastatin reduces the cholesterol produced by the body. This makes Zimybe a valuable medication for patients with very high cholesterol or who cannot tolerate other cholesterol medications.
However, Zimybe is typically only part of a treatment plan. Diet and lifestyle changes are other powerful tools for addressing cholesterol levels. Your medical team may also recommend exercise, reaching a healthy weight, and eliminating tobacco use.
Precautions and Warnings of Zimybe
Zimybe impacts your digestion, liver function, and blood contents. Before taking this medication, it is essential to give your medical team a complete, honest picture of your health. Zimybe may worsen some pre-existing conditions and interfere with other medicines. Tell your doctor about all the medications you take, including other prescriptions, over-the-counter medicine, herbs, vitamins, supplements, cannabis, alcohol, and any illicit drugs.
Since Zimybe affects your liver enzymes, it can impact how your body metabolizes other substances. Avoid using alcohol while using Zimybe.
Zimybe comes in different dosages. Your doctor chooses your dose based on factors like your condition, medical history, other medications, risks, and goals. It would be best to take Zimybe as prescribed for the best results. Please let your doctor know if you have side effects, questions, or concerns.
Do not use Zimybe if you are allergic to Ezetimibe, Simvastatin, or other ingredients.
Some patients experience changes in their mental alertness when taking this medication. Do not drive or use heavy machinery on Zimybe.
- Zimybe is not a good fit for patients with certain conditions. Other medications may be a better choice instead. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions: Pregnancy
- Current liver disease or bloodwork showing possible liver issues
- Complications from other cholesterol medications
- High blood pressure
- High body weight
- Kidney problems
- Substance abuse problems
- Recent or upcoming surgery
- Female patients who have not had their first menstrual period
Zimybe Side Effects
Like any medication, Zimybe may cause side effects. These can range from mild irritations to life-threatening concerns. Tell your doctor if you experience side effects while taking Zimybe.
Common Zimybe side effects include:
- Muscle pain or tenderness
- Confusion or memory changes
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, constipation, abdominal pain, bloody stool, or other digestive concerns
- Coughing or shortness of breath
- Hair loss
- Dry mouth
- Hot flushes
- Muscle cramps, spasms, numbness, or weakness
- Rash or itching
- Hand, ankle, or foot swelling
- Blurred or impaired vision
- Signs of an allergic reaction (facial swelling, rash, trouble breathing)
- Yellow skin or eyes
- Dark urine
Drug Interactions With Zimybe
Your liver is responsible for breaking down drugs, medications, and other substances. Since Zimybe changes how your liver works, it can also change how your body processes these substances.
Zimybe may cause drug interactions with the following medications:
- Some antibiotics and antifungals
- HIV treatments, including HIV protease inhibitors and cobicistat
- Hepatitis C medications, including boceprevir, telaprevir, elbasvir, and grazoprevir
- Cyclosporin (found in Restasis)
- Anticoagulants such as warfarin and fluindione
- Bile acid sequestrates like colestyramine
- Nicotinic acid or niacin
- Ticagrelor (found in Brilinta)
Strengths and Dosages of Zimybe
Zimybe is available in several dosages. Each dose contains both Ezetimibe and Simvastatin. All Zimybe strengths have 10 mg of Ezetimibe, but the amount of Simvastatin varies.
|Amount of Ezetimibe
|Amount of Simvastatin
If you have any further questions or concerns about Zimbye, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will connect you with one of our licensed pharmacists who can assist you.
Why does my doctor want me to take Zimybe?
Your doctor prescribed Zimybe to help change your cholesterol levels. Having too much “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and not enough “good” cholesterol (HDL) puts you at risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other severe conditions. Zimybe reduces cholesterol levels by keeping you from absorbing as much cholesterol from your food. It also prevents your liver from making as much cholesterol as usual. Taken together, these actions help lower your overall cholesterol levels.
How can I get the best results from Zimybe?
Zimybe works best with lifestyle and dietary changes. Medication is one way to address high cholesterol, but it’s not the only tool. Changing your diet to eat less cholesterol is one crucial way to lower cholesterol levels. Other changes like adding more exercise, losing weight if needed, and quitting smoking will also help. Your medical team can help you build a plan customized to your needs.
How should I take Zimybe?
Zimybe is typically prescribed for you to take it once a day, at night. Always follow your doctor’s instructions if a different time suits you.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a Zimybe pill, you shouldn’t take a double dose. If you realize you missed the dose and it’s almost time for your next pill, take one. Just get back on schedule again for the next day. You can take the missed dose if you still have lots of time until the next pill.
How much does Zimybe cost in America?
Zimybe is sold under the name Vytorin in America. A 90-day supply of brand-name Vytorin sells for around $1,300. There are a few ways to lower this price. The generic version of the drug, ezetimibe-simvastatin, is often much less expensive. Generic Vytorin is around $600-700.
Are there alternatives to Zimbye?
If Zimybe isn’t a good fit, other cholesterol medications are available. Liptruzet and Roszet combine a cholesterol absorption inhibitor and an anti-statin. Your doctor may also prescribe these active ingredients as separate medications.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment recommendations. It should not be taken as an endorsement of any specific medication or treatment. Individual health conditions and responses to treatment can vary greatly; therefore, this information should not be seen as a guarantee of safety, suitability, or effectiveness for any particular individual. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized medical advice and before making any decisions regarding your health or treatment plans.