If you are taking a bile acid sequestrant, such as cholestyramine, take your EZETROL either at least two hours before or four hours after taking the bile acid sequestrant.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
EZETROL adds to the cholesterol-lowering effect of statins.
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All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking EZETROL against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
Keep it where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
You are under optimum weight for your height. Being underweight can carry health risks for both men and women. Check with your doctor or dietitian to find out if your current weight is healthy for you.
Triglycerides are another form of fat in your blood that may increase your risk for heart disease.
HDL cholesterol is often called 'good' cholesterol because it helps keep the bad cholesterol from building up in the arteries and protects against heart disease.
EZETROL is not recommended in children under 10 years of age as there have been no studies of its effects in these children.
Serious side effects are rare.
Some medicines and EZETROL may interfere with each other, including:
Do not take EZETROL together with a statin if:
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
This may be a serious side effect. This is because on rare occasions, muscle problems can be serious, including muscle breakdown resulting in kidney damage. You may need urgent medical attention.
l your doctor immediay if you notice the following:
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
These may be serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking EZETROL.
EZETROL reduces elevated total-cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides and increases HDL (good) cholesterol.
If you have trouble remembering to take your tablets, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you are prescribed EZETROL with a statin, your doctor will do blood tests to check that there are no problems with your liver.
In people who have high levels of plant sterols in their blood (which doctors call sitosterolaemia), EZETROL helps to lower these levels.
Do not be alarmed by these lists of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
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l your doctor immediay or go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
There have been side effects reported with EZETROL that may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. Individual responses to EZETROL may vary.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, l them before you take any EZETROL.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
EZETROL works by decreasing the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine. Statins lower cholesterol in a different way, by reducing the amount of cholesterol made in the liver.
EZETROL may be taken at any time of the day. It does not matter if you take EZETROL with or without food.
If you become pregnant while taking EZETROL, l your doctor.
Therefore, you must continue to take it as directed by your doctor if you expect to lower your cholesterol and keep it down.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking EZETROL.
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EZETROL helps to lower cholesterol levels. It is used in people whose cholesterol levels are too high and when diet alone cannot lower these levels adequay.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablet(s) as you would normally.
EZETROL may be taken alone or with other cholesterol-lowering medicines known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (or statins), in addition to diet.
Do not take EZETROL if:
You are over optimum weight for your height. You may be facing health risks, so see your doctor to help you achieve a healthier weight.
A starter pack of EZETROL contains 5 or 10 tablets. A trade pack contains 30 tablets.
Keep EZETROL in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C. Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
You are over optimum weight for your height. You may be facing health problems, so losing some weight would be a good idea.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how EZETROL affects you.
LDL cholesterol is often called 'bad' cholesterol because it can build up in the walls of your arteries forming plaque. Eventually this plaque build-up can lead to a narrowing of the arteries.
If your doctor ls you to stop taking EZETROL or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.
Additionally, the following side effects have been reported with use of EZETROL:
If you do not understand the instructions, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
Your doctor may ask you to take EZETROL with other cholesterol-lowering medicines, such as statins, to help you better control your cholesterol.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, l your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking EZETROL.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. l your doctor if you notice any other effects.
Your doctor may have prescribed EZETROL for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why EZETROL has been prescribed for you.
Take EZETROL only when prescribed by your doctor. The recommended dose is 10mg taken once a day, at any time of the day.
Swallow EZETROL with a glass of water.
Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Published by MIMS September 2012.
l your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Do not give EZETROL to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Australian Register Number: 10 mg - AUST R 91161 WPC-MK0653-T-112011.
EZETROL does not contain gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
If you are taking a statin, EZETROL can be taken at the same time as the statin.
EZETROL helps lower your cholesterol. It does not cure your condition.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking EZETROL, talk to your doctor.
If you are not sure whether to skip the dose, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
EZETROL comes as a white to off-white, capsule-shaped tablet with "414" marked on one side.
Have your blood fats checked when your doctor says, to make sure EZETROL is working. Even if you are taking medicines to treat high cholesterol, it is important to have your cholesterol measured regularly. You should also know your cholesterol levels and goals.
This narrowing can slow or block blood flow to vital organs such as the heart and brain. This blocking of blood flow can result in a heart attack or stroke.
l your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking EZETROL. EZETROL helps most people with high cholesterol, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the blister pack they may not keep well.
This leaflet was prepared in June 2012.
Medicines - cholesterol-lowering medicines are used together with lifestyle changes to help lower cholesterol.
However, take it about the same time each day. Taking EZETROL at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take the dose.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Cholesterol is one of several fatty substances found in the bloodstream. Your total cholesterol is made up mainly of LDL and HDL cholesterol.
l your doctor immediay if you notice any of the following:
Some medicines should not be taken with EZETROL, including:
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Lifestyle Changes - this includes a cholesterol-lowering diet, increasing physical activity, and weight management. Ask your doctor for advice before increasing physical activity.
You have a healthy weight for your height.
You may have to take cholesterol lowering medicine for the rest of your life. If you stop taking EZETROL, your cholesterol levels may rise again.
l your doctor if:
Do not take EZETROL together with fenofibrate if:
Immediay ephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (ephone 13 11 26), or go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much EZETROL. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
These medicines may be affected by EZETROL, may affect how well it works, or may increase the risk of side effects with EZETROL. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines or take your medicines at different times.
EZETROL is not addictive.
EZETROL is supplied in Australia by: Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited A.B.N. 14 000 173 508 54-68 Ferndell Street SOUTH GRANVILLE NSW 2142.
This leaflet answers some common questions about EZETROL. It does not contain all the available information.
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