Vytorin is a combination drug designed to be used with a proper diet to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and fats in the blood while raising good cholesterol (HDL). Two drugs, ezetimibe and simvastatin, work together in Vytorin. Ezetimibe is designed to reduce the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the body. Simvastatin is a statin, or enzyme blocker, which inhibits the production of cholesterol. A huge selling point for Vytorin was that it was believed to reduce the chance of strokes and heart attacks.
Unfortunate for those who have been subscribed and use Vytorin it may have done more harm than good. So far, patients have reported no significant improvement in clogged arteries or prevention of heart attack or stroke.
To the contrary, many patients have reported adverse and often debilitating side effects. Many patients have not linked the side effects to Vytorin because they take other medications or have other illnesses. This has resulted in the effects of Vytorin being exacerbated.
Side effects of Vytorin include excessive diarrhea, muscle aches, chest pains, spasms in the neck, restless leg syndrome, and nighttime leg cramps. Some patients, who are not prone to headaches, noticed the onset of headaches once they began taking Vytorin. The biggest scare of late is that Vytorin can cause blockage in the carotid artery, exactly the opposite of what it was designed to do.
Muscular sensitivity (myopathy) is among the warning signs Vytorin’s patient information says to watch for, especially when taken in conjunction with other medications. If used with other cholesterol lowering medications, Vytorin is to be taken 2 hours prior or four hours after the other medication. Patient information also warns that grapefruit juice can increase the amount of medications in one’s system, and to consult a physician or pharmacist with any questions, or problems believed to be a result of the medication.
Plenty of patients have reported in, and their reports are not good. In addition to the side effects listed above, patients have reported neck pain, leg and hip pain that runs all the way to the feet, and joint stiffness. The side effects run the gamut from severe pain to slight aches and pains. These symptoms are often difficult for older patients to link to Vytorin because aches and pains are associated with aging.
Interestingly enough Vytorin reports that “muscle pain or weakness could be a sign of a rare but serious side effect.” Too many patients have reported the symptom for it to be rare. To read the story of a personal health struggle after taking Vytorin read this article.
A liver test is recommended prior to prescribing the drug, but not required of doctors. Many of the side effects may be linked to prior liver disease, or the fact that Vytorin may trigger a predisposition for liver dysfunction. The makers of Vytorin recommendsthat doctors check blood levels, which includes liver tests prior to prescribing Vytorin and throughout its use.
Others report success using Vytorin. My mother and father have both been on Vytorin for two years. Neither have experienced side effects during that two year time, until my mother realized a change in bowel habits may have been induced by the drug. Otherwise, both have significantly lower cholesterol.
The biggest issue concerning my parents at this point is that the insurance company decided to stop paying for Lipitor. It was at that point they began to take Vytorin. Despite their success with the medication, there are enough reports of adverse side effects and long term problems that it is time to consider another alternative. The doctor will work with them, but will the insurance compan
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