Generic Name(s): ezetimibe, simvastatin
Drug Class: Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitor + Statin Combinations
Treats: High Cholesterol
Vytorin is used help lower high cholesterol levels which will in turn help prevent strokes and heart attacks. Vytorin works by lowering the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed through your diet.
Vytorin is a medicine used to treat high cholesterol levels, a condition known as hypercholesterolemia. Vytorin is composed of two drugs: ezetimibe and simvastatin. Simvastatin belongs to the HMG-CoA reductase class, a class which inhibits an important step in the cholesterol synthesis pathway. Ezetimibe lowers cholesterol levels by reducing intestinal absorption of cholesterol.
Vytorin reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) while raising HDL (or good cholesterol.) The medicine is administered orally. Patients are advised to avoid grapefruit juice as it can significantly increase serious side effects with the simvastatin component of Vytorin.
Common side effects with Vytorin include headache, diarrhoea, and cold-like symptoms.