User Reviews for Zetia
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Reviews for Zetia
For High Cholesterol "I am 66 and have been taking Zetia 10 for nearly 5 years now. I had previously taken Zocor, Mevacor, and Crestor consecutively over a period of about 15 years, each giving me severe muscle pain in my feet and legs. At one point, the pain in my arches was so bad that one doctor diagnosed the problem as plantar fasciitis and recommended surgery. That's when I stopped taking any statins and within a couple of months, the pain was completely gone. When I started taking Zetia, I saw no adverse side effects and my bad cholesterol went down a little. About a year ago, I started having pain and weakness in my legs when standing up or climbing stairs. Now, I'm have pain in my left calf and heel and occasionally in my left arm, shoulder and back."
Pete_C June 11, 2017
18 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "My efforts to take something other than Statin is Zeita! My liver enzymes spike with Statins along with fatigue, muscle weakness and cramping, major confusion and memory difficulty! Overall my cholesterol is in the 300's and I need to get it lowered so Zetia is one of many I've tried and couldn't tolerate! Side effects for me are fatigue, chills, and flushing then sweats! Muscle charlie horses, joint pain!"
Redpop May 31, 2017
13 users found this comment helpful.
"Was notified recently that the expensive drug Zetia now has a generic version called Ezetimibe however Zetia is a tier 3 drug and Ezetimibe is a tier 4 drug which means I will be paying even more than before since my plan will no longer carry Zetia after June 1,2017. Unbelievable!!"
Ezzetr March 25, 2017
12 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "If you are starting to belch while on this medicine stop taking it, because it is starting to cause stomach inflammation which is gastritis. This medicine caused muscle atrophy, dry eye, runny nose, anxiety, foot and calf cramping, sweating, sinus and stomach inflammation. I have been dealing with the gastritis never had any stomach issues in my life until zetia. I believe the drug companies are not telling people about all the side effects because they know not everyone gets every side effect but believe me this a dangerous medicine I have went from 150lbs with a lot of muscle went to the gym lifted and ran 3 to 4 miles a week. Now about 118lbs and still suffering 8 almost 9 months later."
MJRanks January 29, 2017
20 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "Got my cholesterol under control and no adverse side effects. Cost is a bit high, but, insurance pays about 66%."
LSG (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 16, 2017
7 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol, Familial Heterozygous "I have been taking Zetia off and on since it first came out in 2002. But now the price has gotten prohibitive. There is no generic for it, because Merck is greedy and still holds the patent. There has been a generic drug available since 2015, but Merck wants to be the sole source for this drug, and it's has not been allowed on the market. I've paid a co-pay of $25 per month due to a secondary card I got from my doctor's office, now my insurance has jacked the co-pay to $100 for 30 tabs. I went to the Merck site and they no longer offer a discount card. They have a form for applying for a free prescription online, but apparently you must be destitute to get it. Since they're the only guy in town for this drug, this is just ridiculous..."
Mrywidow (taken for 10 years or more) December 5, 2016
18 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "I have been taking Zetia (10 mg) for about five years. My copay was about $100 at first but in the past two years the price has risen dramatically, even though I understand it will soon be considered a generic. My current order bears a copay of $411 for a 90 day supply and the result is that I will simply stop taking it. (My copay is 50% of the nominal full price of the drug.) Until I read some of the comments here I was unaware that my excessive sweating might be due to this prescription drug. We must do something about pharmaceutical companies constantly marking up drug prices just because they can."
IanMacF October 18, 2016
18 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "Dropped total number down 86 points teamed only with red yeast rice supplements. 10 mg per day with dinner. I live in Phienix so can't tell if Zetia causing sweat or Phx heat but it has worked great. Very active life and no known side effects. Mail prescription plan costs 40.00 for 90 days."
Great in Phx August 5, 2016
26 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "I was prescribed this drug after my liver decided it was going to show sensitivity to statins. Im in tears right now. Its only been 4 days and I've been experiencing severe joint pain, muscle tenderness, chest pain, and now woken up by a night terror. I dont know what im going to do, but ai cant take this drug anymore. It's frightening!"
Teresa274 (taken for less than 1 month) May 29, 2016
43 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol, Familial Heterozygous "I have been on Zetia for a number of years. The retail price has now gone over the one thousand dollar amount for a three month suppy. $12 for each tiny capsule. What is the deal. My dr. has recently told me to take one every other day to cut the cost. I am on social security and have a good RX policy....but it still costs me over $5.50 in cash. That is prohibitive for a drug that has been on the market for years and years. I think the makers of it are out of their minds. My last refill the retail was $899. Please tell WHY has it gone up almost $200."
KT I have been on Zetia for a (taken for 10 years or more) March 29, 2016
31 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "Only took 2 days. Leg pains already, flu like symptoms, felt feverish, but no fever. Cold, clammy chills. I can't take statins, and it seems this is a no-go also."
gone2beach (taken for less than 1 month) March 11, 2016
53 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol, Familial Heterozygous "It is January 2016 and I just had to pay $267.00 for 30 day supply of Zetia at the pharmacy - the preferred pharmacy for my United prescription policy. I have never had to pay this much before. Whoever markets this drug is greedy and evil!!!!"
Eunie January 12, 2016
37 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "After having difficulties with Simvastatin (sudden flailing of limbs), Lovaza (hyperhydrosis), Tricor (worse hyperhydrosis, fatigue, acid reflux), and high dose Niacin (same but worse), I was put on Zetia. hyperhydrosis to the point of hyponatremia (constant sweating even in 30F weather & low sodium), inability to walk & breathe for more than a few steps at a time, reduced cardiac & respiratory function, clammy skin, constant feeling of being on fire (normal body temp but FELT like I was burning alive), fatigue, and...severe craving for milk. I was drinking 2 to 2 1/2 GALLONS of milk PER DAY. I was always dehydrated. I gained 50 lbs on skim milk. Did lower my triglycerides but almost killed me. Improved swiftly after stopping Zetia."
Flickchick (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 9, 2015
57 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "I took 1 zetia and my throat swelled up. I wound up in ER, getting IV steroids and benedryl. I will never take it again. I cannot take statins due to terrible muscle pain."
Nothappy2 October 22, 2015
47 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "I am shocked at the out of pocket price of Zetia of out of $95,00 a month. Since this seems to be on only non statin replacement of the use with cholesterol you are definitely price gouging"
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) October 5, 2015
52 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "I experienced severe abdominal cramps and pain as well as diarrhea. I also experienced weakness and fatigue. I could not tolerate the drug, so I do not know if it had any effect on my cholesterol."
ahilley September 8, 2015
37 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "The second day of taking Zetia I had night leg cramps (Charlie's Horse). The third night, same thing, leg cramps at night. The fourth night foot and leg cramps at night. Stopped taking them after fourth night."
hope44 (taken for less than 1 month) February 6, 2015
74 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "Cholesterol numbers are in the normal range for the first time EVER. I take it with Livalo (the cost for both medications is horrible and are Tier 4 meds on insurance formulary list). Only side effect is perspiration comes in waves (not all the time) and has the odor of garbage. Bathing is the only solution for this problem. Deodorants only work for a short period after a "sweat" episode."
I AM PU October 30, 2014
62 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "Combining the Zetia with low dose Atorvastatin has produced good results with my cholesterol numbers. My Cardiologist added it to my regimen about 4 years ago and it has not added any side effects other than in the wallet. "
BANGIE (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 6, 2014
48 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "I have been taking this for 10 years and although my cholesterol numbers are good, I'm constantly fatigued. I take a handful of other medications as the result of a heart attack that left no permanent damage to my heart. Sometimes I wonder if the side effects of a lot of these medications is worth the benefit. Plus, Zetia is expensive."
Jack Bauer (taken for 10 years or more) August 11, 2014
81 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "Dizziness, tiredness, runny nose, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, generally feel bad."
Nunu1950 March 5, 2014
90 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol, Familial Heterozygous "I've had elevated cholesterol and triglycerides for 20 years now and have taken many medications to lower them. Three months ago my cholesterol was 710 and my triglycerides were 3000. I've been on Crestor and Tricor for quite a few years and 3 mos. ago my Dr. added Zetia. My cholesterol is now down to 87 and my triglycerides are down to 125. Zetia is truly a miracle for me as I no longer feel like I'm a ticking time bomb now."
Nurse Kish (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 3, 2014
87 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol "I have been using Zetia for two years. I am also having extreme muscle pain with profuse sweating when I get too hot."
fgr500 June 25, 2013
119 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol, Familial Heterozygous "Taken for two weeks and have back pain. Stopped taking medicine."
Ken2912 June 15, 2013
83 users found this comment helpful.
For High Cholesterol, Familial Heterozygous "The ONLY medicine that has resulted in my numbers being normal after many years on Lipitor-Niacin regimen. Added Zetia to the mix every night. Effects - light-headed and loose stools in mornings every day. Small price to pay for good health, but, yes, BIG price for the medicine."
MaineJo May 24, 2013
76 users found this comment helpful.
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