Some general considerations for when and how to take Zetia include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form and is taken once a day. While you should take your Zetia dosage with a glass of water, it may be taken with or without food.
- It does not matter if Zetia is taken in the morning or at night. However, it should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Zetia will not work if you stop taking it.
There is only one standard Zetia dosage, regardless of your age, weight, or other medical conditions. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Zetia Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects can occur with Zetia. Yet, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. In most cases, if side effects occur, they are usually minor and can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
The most common side effects include:
Also, keep in mind that if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness while taking Zetia -- especially if accompanied by a fever or feeling of illness -- it is important to contact your healthcare provider immediately (see Zetia and Muscle Pain).
(Click Zetia Side Effects for more information, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)