(generic name: Ezetimibe & Simvastatin)
Vytorin is a combination of two medicines used to treat high cholesterol. Zetia (active ingredient Ezetimibe) works by reducing the amount of cholesterol that your body absorbs from your diet. Zocor (active ingredient Simvastatin) is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or "statin".
Vytorin works by blocking an enzyme that is necessary for your body to make cholesterol. Vytorin is used in combination with a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet. Keeping your cholesterol level under control may reduce your risk of heart problems and stroke. Vytorin is not a cure for high cholesterol, but may help to control it.
Vytorin reduces the amount of cholesterol (a type of fat) absorbed by the body and also simultaneously blocks the production of cholesterol in the body.
It is used to reduce the total amounts of cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, triglycerides (another type of fat), and apolipoprotein B (a protein needed to make cholesterol) in your blood.
It is also used to increase the level of HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood. These actions may reduce the risk of hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.
Generic replacement for Vytorin
Since 2017 a generic version of Vytorin is available under the name ezetimibe / simvastatin.
There are also several herbs and natural supplements which have been studied and proven to have the abilities to lower cholesterol and blood triglycerides levels. Some of them could work alone, while some of them should be used in conjunction with other medicine. Here you can find more information about cholesterol lowering supplements.
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