Vytorin and Weight Gain
Weight gain is a possible side effect of many cholesterol medicines, but Vytorin and weight gain has not been reported. If weight gain does become a problem, you can control your weight by eating a low cholesterol diet, participating in regular physical activity, and limiting your alcohol intake. If you are taking Vytorin and weight gain continues, your healthcare provider may have other suggestions or prescribe a different medication.
Unlike other cholesterol medications, where weight gain is a rare side effect, for people taking Vytorin® (ezetimibe/simvastatin), weight gain is not a recognized side effect at all.
However, if you are taking Vytorin and weight gain is occurring gradually, there are some things that you can do. Suggestions include:
- Eat a low cholesterol diet. This diet should include:
o Lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk productso Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nutso Few foods with saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugars.
- Get regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.
- Limit your intake of alcohol.
(Click BMI Calculator to see if your weight is within a healthy range.)
Although it is not a reported side effect, if you are noticing a weight gain with Vytorin, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can give you other suggestions for dealing with any weight gain. If the weight gain continues, he or she may recommend other lifestyle choices or possibly switch you to another cholesterol medication.