Vytorin

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking Vytorin if you have:
 
  • Liver disease or liver failure
  • Kidney disease or kidney failure
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
Let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Vytorin Precautions and Warnings to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

Alternatives to Vytorin

In general, cholesterol treatment begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, exercise, and a low-cholesterol diet). If lifestyle changes alone do not lower cholesterol levels enough, medication such as Vytorin may be necessary.
 
The main goal of high cholesterol medication is to lower LDL cholesterol levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to high cholesterol, such as heart disease or a heart attack (see Effects of High Cholesterol). The higher your risk, the lower your LDL goal will be.
 
(Click High Cholesterol Risk to see a list of risk factors that may affect your cholesterol level and a general guideline of ideal LDL cholesterol levels.)
 
Because Vytorin can lower LDL cholesterol, along with lowering total cholesterol and increasing HDL, a person can often lower their risk for developing problems by taking this drug.
 
For most people, Vytorin is quite effective in lowering cholesterol. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, and people may wish to consider a substitute. These alternatives could include other statins or other cholesterol medicines.
 
(Click Vytorin Alternatives to learn more.)
 
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