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WelChol Medicine - Zocor Uses

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  • WelChol Medicine
    As this eMedTV segment explains, WelChol is a medicine that is used to lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar control. This resource gives some dosing information for WelChol and lists some of the side effects that may occur during treatment.
  • WelChol Precautions and Warnings
    As this eMedTV article explains, several WelChol precautions and warnings relate to conditions such as bowel obstruction and high triglycerides. This article emphasizes the importance of being aware of these and other precautions with this drug.
  • WelChol Side Effects
    As this eMedTV resource explains, common WelChol side effects include indigestion, runny nose, and constipation. This Web page also lists rare side effects and side effects you should report to your doctor immediately, such as difficulty swallowing.
  • Welchol Tablets
    Welchol tablets are commonly used for the treatment of high cholesterol. This page on the eMedTV Web site covers other approved Welchol uses, describes how this medication works, and explains what side effects may occur with treatment.
  • WelChol Uses
    As this eMedTV Web page explains, WelChol is used to lower "bad" cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. This article also explains how WelChol is used to treat diabetes. There are no universally accepted off-label WelChol uses at this time.
  • WellChol
    WelChol is a prescription medication used to help lower "bad" cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. This eMedTV article emphasizes that WelChol should be used in combination with diet and exercise. WellChol is a common misspelling of WelChol.
  • What Are Statins Used For?
    Statins are primarily approved to lower total cholesterol and LDL ("bad cholesterol"). However, as this eMedTV Web resource discusses, there are several other statin uses, such as increasing HDL ("good cholesterol") and lowering triglycerides.
  • What Are Statins?
    Statins may be prescribed to treat high cholesterol and prevent related conditions. This page on the eMedTV site takes a closer look at how these drugs work, possible side effects, and general safety precautions, and includes links to more information.
  • What Are the Foods to Avoid for High Cholesterol?
    As this eMedTV page explains, by avoiding foods that are high in cholesterol, you can lower your blood cholesterol levels and reduce your risk for associated health problems. This segment lists some of the foods to avoid, such as liver and eggs.
  • What Are the Symptoms of High Cholesterol?
    This eMedTV segment explains that the best way to know if you have high cholesterol is with a blood test. This Web page describes what the test reveals and how often it will be conducted, and also discusses possible symptoms of high cholesterol.
  • What Are Tryglycerides
    Your body needs triglycerides to function properly. This eMedTV Web page explains where triglycerides come from and offers information on why they are important. What are tryglyerides is a common variation and misspelling of triglycerides.
  • What Causes High Cholesterol?
    As this eMedTV page explains, the causes of high cholesterol are unknown, but risk factors like weight and diet can increase a person's chances of developing it. Until the causes of this condition are determined, these factors must be controlled.
  • What Causes High Trigliserides
    Doctors currently do not know what causes high triglycerides. This eMedTV page explores the causes of high triglycerides and lists factors that increase this risk. What causes high trigliserides is a common misspelling of causes of high triglycerides.
  • What Is Cholesterol?
    Many people wonder, "What is cholesterol?" As this eMedTV article explains, cholesterol is something your body needs to work properly. This page explains this topic in detail and talks about the health risks of having too much cholesterol in the blood.
  • What Is Cholesterol?
    This multimedia segment explains in detail what cholesterol is and its role in the body.
  • What Is Cholestyramine Used For?
    What is Cholestyramine used for? As this eMedTV page explains, it is primarily used to treat high cholesterol and itching caused by biliary obstruction. It is also sometimes used to treat diarrhea in those who have had their gallbladder removed.
  • What Is Fenofibrate Used For?
    What is fenofibrate used for? As this eMedTV article explains, fenofibrate is used for lowering the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. The uses and effects of this cholesterol medication are also discussed.
  • What Is Lovastatin Used For?
    What is lovastatin used for? As this eMedTV article explains, lovastatin is a drug that is used for the treatment of high cholesterol, as well as the prevention of heart disease. This page also discusses lovastatin use in children.
  • What Is Simcor?
    You may be wondering, "What is Simcor?" As this article from the eMedTV Web site explains, Simcor is a prescription medication commonly used for lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It comes in tablet form and is available in three strengths.
  • What Is the Best Diet for High Cholesterol?
    As this eMedTV article explains, a diet that is high in fruits and veggies and low in meat and dairy products is the best for reducing high cholesterol. This segment also discusses when medication may be necessary even with a low-cholesterol diet.
  • What's Up With the New Cholesterol Guidelines?
    What do the new cholesterol guidelines mean for you? In this eMedTV article, we give an overview of the updated recommendations, with info on how the new changes may affect your treatment, why cholesterol "goals" may become a thing of the past, and more.
  • Where Does Cholesterol Come From?
    This video clip talks about the sources of cholesterol.
  • Why Take Statins in the Evening?
    This eMedTV resource explains why some statin medications (primarily short-acting statins) must be taken at night. The importance of taking the medication, whether short-acting or long-acting, at the same time each day is also stressed.
  • Your Body's Cholesterol Gauge
    The body has a gauge to measure the total cholesterol in your blood. If you are healthy, the more cholesterol you eat, the less cholesterol your body will make. If you eat less cholesterol, your body will make more.
  • Zetia
    Zetia is a medicine licensed to treat high cholesterol and sitosterolemia, a rare genetic condition. This eMedTV article discusses the effects of the prescription drug, how it works, how and when to take it, potential side effects, and more.
  • Zetia 10 mg
    As this eMedTV Web resource explains, Zetia 10 mg once daily is the standard recommended dosage for treating high cholesterol, regardless of age, weight, or other factors. This article also discusses tips on when and how to use this form of medication.
  • Zetia and Breastfeeding
    Zetia does pass through breast milk in rats, but it's unknown if it passes through human breast milk. This eMedTV Web page discusses breastfeeding and Zetia, and explains why it's important to discuss the matter with your healthcare provider.
  • Zetia and Hair Loss
    This portion of the eMedTV archives explains that while hair loss is not a known side effect of Zetia, you should talk with your doctor if you're taking Zetia and hair loss does become a problem.
  • Zetia and Muscle Pain
    Most people who have muscle pain while on Zetia have no other symptoms. As this eMedTV page explains, serious muscle problems are more common in people who are also taking statins. If you're taking Zetia and muscle pain occurs, talk to your doctor.
  • Zetia and Pregnancy
    This article takes an in-depth look at Zetia and pregnancy, explaining why the drug is classified as a pregnancy Category C medication and what to do if pregnancy occurs. This page also discusses the results of animal studies on this medication.
  • Zetia and Sexual Problems in Females
    Zetia is unlikely to cause sexual dysfunction in females. This eMedTV segment further discusses Zetia and sexual problems in females, including information on how there were no reports of sexual side effects in clinical trials that studied Zetia.
  • Zetia and Sexual Side Effects
    As this eMedTV page explains, several side effects can occur during treatment with Zetia, but sexual side effects don't appear to be among them. This page advises talking with your doctor if you do experience sexual problems while taking this drug.
  • Zetia and Weight Gain
    This eMedTV page lists things you can do if you're taking Zetia and weight gain occurs (such as getting regular exercise and eating a low-cholesterol diet) and also advises talking with your doctor if you experience weight gain while taking this drug.
  • Zetia Dosage
    This eMedTV Web page lists the recommended Zetia dose (10 mg once daily), factors that can affect your dosage (such as other drugs you may be taking), and other general dosing tips (such as never breaking, chewing, or crushing the Zetia tablets).
  • Zetia Drug Interactions
    This eMedTV Web page describes how Zetia drug interactions can change how the body metabolizes the drugs and alter the levels of Zetia in the blood. Warfarin, colestipol, and gemfibrozil are among the drugs that can cause serious interactions.
  • Zetia Overdose
    If you take a Zetia overdose, your symptoms will depend on a number of factors, such as the dosage you took. This eMedTV segment talks about what to expect from an overdose, including the treatment options that are available.
  • Zetia Precautions and Warnings
    Among the Zetia precautions and warnings listed on this eMedTV page are potential drug interactions; conditions to tell your doctor about before taking Zetia, including any muscle problems; and the safety of taking the drug while pregnant or nursing.
  • Zetia Side Effects
    Among the common side effects of Zetia are diarrhea, joint pain, and fatigue. As this portion of the eMedTV archives explains, there are also a number of rare side effects, including allergic reactions, gallstones, and muscle weakness.
  • Zetia Uses
    This eMedTV page lists Zetia uses, which include treating high cholesterol and a rare genetic condition known as sitosterolemia. This page also covers using the drug in children and lists other cholesterol drugs often used in combination with Zetia.
  • Zitea
    Zetia is a drug used for the treatment of high cholesterol and a genetic condition called sitosterolemia. This eMedTV segment offers information on the uses, effects, and possible side effects of the medicine. Zitea is a common misspelling of Zetia.
  • Zitia
    This eMedTV page outlines Zetia, a prescription drug that treats high cholesterol. This page covers specific uses, effects, dosing, and the importance of using the medicine in conjunction with lifestyle changes. Zitia is a common misspelling of Zetia.
  • Zocor
    Zocor is often used to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides, and to prevent cardiovascular disease. This eMedTV Web page discusses this prescription medication in detail, including side effects, dosing, strengths, and how it works.
  • Zocor and Joint Pain
    This eMedTV page lists some short-term pain-relief suggestions that you can try if you're taking Zocor and joint pain occurs. Among other things, you can take over-the-counter drugs like aspirin or Tylenol or apply heat or cold to the sore area.
  • Zocor and Liver Problems
    It's up for debate as to whether liver problems and Zocor are related. This eMedTV page lists some liver problems seen rarely in people taking this drug (like cirrhosis and hepatoma) and possible symptoms of liver problems (like nausea or vomiting).
  • Zocor and Memory Loss
    Memory loss occurs in less than 1 percent of people taking Zocor. This part of the eMedTV archives discusses research studies on this particular topic and also advises talking with your doctor if you notice any memory problems while taking the drug.
  • Zocor and Muscle Aches
    This eMedTV page warns that if you're taking Zocor and muscle aches occur (especially when you have a fever or feel ill), it could signify a serious muscle problem like myopathy or rhabdomyolysis. Call your doctor right away if you have these symptoms.
  • Zocor and Muscle Pain
    If you're taking Zocor and muscle pain occurs, contact your doctor. This eMedTV page warns that muscle tenderness or weakness along with fever or a feeling of sickness can signify a serious muscle problem in some people taking Zocor (simvastatin).
  • Zocor and Pregnancy
    As this eMedTV page explains, there is little benefit and a very real risk from taking Zocor during pregnancy. Zocor is a pregnancy Category X drug that could potentially harm a fetus. If you're taking Zocor and pregnancy occurs, let your doctor know.
  • Zocor and Weight Gain
    As this eMedTV page explains, gaining weight is a side effect of some cholesterol drugs, but not with Zocor. This page lists things that you can do if you notice any weight gain, such as exercising and eating a low-cholesterol diet.
  • Zocor Dosage
    The starting dose of Zocor for most people with high cholesterol is 20 mg to 40 mg once daily. This eMedTV segment also lists the starting dosage for children (10 mg once daily), as well as tips on dosing (like always taking Zocor as prescribed).
  • Zocor Drug Interactions
    Fibrates, antifungals, warfarin, and other drugs can all cause problems when taken with Zocor. This eMedTV page describes how drug interactions with Zocor can alter how your body metabolizes the drugs and change the blood levels of some medications.
  • Zocor Medicine
    As this article from the eMedTV site explains, Zocor is often used to lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease This Web page gives a brief overview of this medicine and includes a link to more detailed information on it.
  • Zocor Precautions and Warnings
    Some precautions and warnings for Zocor listed in this eMedTV article include drug interactions and the safety of taking the medication while pregnant or nursing. This page also describes people who may not be able to take this drug.
  • Zocor Side Effect -- Depression
    Many people ask, "Is a Zocor side effect depression?" This eMedTV article explains that depression is a side effect reported rarely with Zocor. This page also lists some depression symptoms such as feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness.
  • Zocor Side Effects
    This eMedTV page lists common side effects of Zocor, such as nausea and gas; rare side effects, such as hepatitis; and symptoms that may require medical attention, such as muscle tenderness or weakness along with fever or a feeling of sickness.
  • Zocor Uses
    As this eMedTV page explains, Zocor is used to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides, in addition to helping prevent cardiovascular disease in some people. This page also discusses off-label uses and giving the medication to children.
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