Vytorin is a prescription drug used to treat high cholesterol. It contains two active ingredients, ezetimibe and simvastatin, that work together to lower levels of triglycerdies and LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and increase HDL (“good” cholesterol).
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Vytorin exactly as prescribed.
Don’t use Vytorin if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
Inform your doctor of all other medications you’re taking. Many other prescription drugs interact with Vytorin, including:
Grapefruit contains an enzyme that can affect how Vytorin is absorbed by your body. Avoid grapefruit products while you’re taking this medication.
Before taking Vytorin, inform your doctor if you have any of the following:
Common side effects of Vytorin include:
Contact your doctor if you experience these more serious side effects:
Can I drink alcohol while taking Vytorin?
Drinking alcohol while taking Vytorin can raise triglyceride levels and increase your risk of liver damage. Check with your doctor before consuming alcohol while taking Vytorin.
What is a cholesterol-lowering diet?
A cholesterol-lowering diet typically involves eating fewer sources of saturated and trans fats (full-fat dairy, fatty and processed meats, packaged snacks and pastries). Eat fewer processed foods, more vegetables, and sources of fiber like whole grains and vegetables. For complete cholesterol-lowering meal plans, your doctor may recommend a consultation with a nutritionist or dietitian.