Ezetrol is an oral medicine found in tablet form. It uses ezetimibe, a cholesterol absorption inhibitor as its active ingredient. This medicine is used to treat patients who suffer from high cholesterol level in blood stream. The active ingredient used in this medicine helps to prevent cholesterol from being absorbed in the small intestine. Thus, the cholesterol level does not increase in blood stream if this medicine is used. Not only does it prevent cholesterol but it also prevents other plant sterols from getting into blood stream.
Ezetrol has other functions as well. This medicine helps to reduce cholesterol level by preventing bile duct from releasing cholesterol into the intestine. Thus, it prevents re-absorbing of cholesterol and results in decrease of cholesterol in blood flow. Because of its properties, people who have high levels of cholesterol take this medication. Most of the times, this medication is used with statin type medicine. Statins also help to lower cholesterol level. This medicine can also be used to treat individuals who suffer from homozygous sitosterolaemia, a rare hereditary disorder that increases plant sterol levels in one’s blood stream.
Individuals suffering from glucose galactose malabsorption, Lapp Lactase deficiency, galactose intolerance, active liver disease, unusually liver function test should not take this medicine. Pregnant and breast feeding women should refrain from taking this medication as well. It is because it is harmful for pregnant women if taken along statin and interested individuals should contact and consult with a doctor first before taking this medicine. As this medicine can pass into the child through breast milk, medical help should be looked for and it should not be used at all during breast-feeding. Those who are allergic to the active or the inactive ingredient also should not take this medication.
Not all of the side effects talked below shows on all individuals. Different individuals experience different types of side effects. Its side effects include headache, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramp, nauseous feeling, vomiting, exhaustion, dizziness, and excess amount of gas in intestine and stomach, liver disorder, gallbladder inflammation, formation of gallbladder stone, pancreas inflammation, muscle disorder, muscle cramp, joint pain and allergic skin rashes. Taking this medicine can also decrease the number of platelets in blood. If you experience any of the aforementioned side effects then you should contact with your doctor promptly. Most common side effects include red rashes, joint pain, and back pain, coughing fit, headache, diarrhea, exhaustion and throat and sinus infection. Doctors and pharmacists can help by letting individuals know of how to deal with the side effects.