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INEGY 10 MG/20 MG TABLETS
Active substance(s): EZETIMIBE / SIMVASTATIN
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet (see section 4).
Your medicine is available by using the above name but will be referred to
as Inegy throughout the leaflet
Inegy Tablets are also available in other strengths which will be referred to
in this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Inegy is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Inegy
3. How to take Inegy
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Inegy
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT INEGY IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Inegy contains the active substances ezetimibe and simvastatin. Inegy is a
medicine used to lower levels of total cholesterol, “bad” cholesterol (LDL
cholesterol), and fatty substances called triglycerides in the blood. In
addition, Inegy raises levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).
Inegy works to reduce your cholesterol in two ways. The active ingredient
ezetimibe reduces the cholesterol absorbed in your digestive tract. The
active ingredient simvastatin belonging to the class of “statins” inhibits the
production of the cholesterol your body makes by itself.
Cholesterol is one of several fatty substances found in the bloodstream.
Your total cholesterol is made up mainly of LDL and HDL cholesterol.
LDL cholesterol is often called “bad” cholesterol because it can build up in
the walls of your arteries forming plaque. Eventually this plaque build-up can
lead to a narrowing of the arteries. This narrowing can slow or block blood
flow to vital organs such as the heart and brain. This blocking of blood flow
can result in a heart attack or stroke.
HDL cholesterol is often called “good” cholesterol because it helps keep the
bad cholesterol from building up in the arteries and protects against heart
Triglycerides are another form of fat in your blood that may increase your
risk for heart disease.
INEGY is used for patients who cannot control their cholesterol levels by
diet alone. You should stay on acholesterol-lowering diet while taking this
Inegy is used in addition to your cholesterol-lowering diet if you have:
- a raised cholesterol level in your blood (primary hypercholesterolaemia
[heterozygous familial and non-familial]) or elevated fat levels in your
blood (mixed hyperlipidaemia):
- that is not well controlled with a statin alone
- for which you have used a statin and ezetimibe as separate tablets
- a hereditary illness (homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia) that
increases the cholesterol level in your blood. You may also receive other
- heart disease, Inegy reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, surgery to
increase heart blood flow, or hospitalization for chest pain.
Inegy does not help you lose weight.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE INEGY
Do not take Inegy if:
- you are allergic (hypersensitive) to ezetimibe, simvastatin, or any of the
other ingredients of this medicine (listed in Section 6: Contents of the pack
and other information)
- you currently have liver problems
- you are pregnant or breast-feeding
- you are taking medicine(s) with one or more than one of the following
- itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole or voriconazole (used to treat
- erythromycin, clarithromycin, or telithromycin (used to treat infections)
- HIV protease inhibitors such as indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and
saquinavir (HIV protease inhibitors are used to treat HIV infections)
- boceprevir or telaprevir (used to treat hepatitis C virus infections)
- nefazodone (used to treat depression)
- gemfibrozil (used to lower cholesterol)
- ciclosporin (often used in organ transplant patients)
- danazol (a man-made hormone used to treat endometriosis, a condition
in which the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus).
- you are taking or have taken, in the last 7 days, a medicine called fusidic
acid (a medicine for bacterial infection) orally or by injection. The
combination of fusidic acid and INEGY can lead to serious muscle
Do not take more than 10/40 mg INEGY if you are taking lomitapide (used to
treat a serious and rare genetic cholesterol condition).
The combined use of Inegy and fibrates (certain medicines for lowering
cholesterol) should be avoided since the combined use of Inegy and fibrates
has not been studied.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience unexplained
muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness. This is because on rare
occasions, muscle problems can be serious, including muscle
breakdown resulting in kidney damage; and very rare deaths have
The risk of muscle breakdown is greater at higher doses of Inegy,
particularly the 10/80 mg dose. The risk of muscle breakdown is also greater
in certain patients. Talk with your doctor if any of the following applies:
- you have kidney problems
- you have thyroid problems
- you are 65 years or older
- you are female
- you have ever had muscle problems during treatment with cholesterol
lowering medicines called “statins” (like simvastatin, atorvastatin, and
rosuvastatin) or fibrates (like gemfibrozil and bezafibrate)
- you or close family members have a hereditary muscle disorder
Also tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have a muscle weakness that is
constant. Additional tests and medicines may be needed to diagnose and
Children and adolescents
- Inegy is not recommended for children under age 10.
Other medicines and Inegy
Tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any
other medicine(s) with any of the following active ingredients. Taking Inegy
with any of the following medicines can increase the risk of muscle problems
(some of these have already been listed in the above section “Do not take
- If you need to take oral fusidic acid to treat a bacterial infection you
will need to temporarily stop using this medicine. Your doctor will
tell you when it is safe to restart Inegy. Taking Inegy with fusidic acid
may rarely lead to muscle weakness, tenderness or pain
(rhabdomyolysis). See more information regarding rhabdomyolysis
in section 4.
- ciclosporin (often used in organ transplant patients)
- danazol (a man-made hormone used to treat endometriosis, a condition in
which the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus)
- medicines with an active ingredient like itraconazole, ketoconazole,
fluconazole posaconazole, or voriconazole (used to treat fungal
- fibrates with active ingredients like gemfibrozil and bezafibrate (used to
- erythromycin, clarithromycin, or telithromycin (used to treat bacterial
- HIV protease inhibitors such as indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and
saquinavir (used to treat AIDS)
- Hepatitis C antiviral agents such as boceprevir, telaprevir, elbasvir, or
grazoprevir (used to treat hepatitis C virus infection)
- nefazodone (used to treat depression)
- medicines with the active ingredient cobicistat
- amiodarone (used to treat an irregular heartbeat)
- verapamil, diltiazem, or amlodipine (used to treat high blood pressure,
chest pain associated with heart disease, or other heart conditions)
- lomitapide (used to treat a serious and rare genetic cholesterol condition)
- large amounts (1 gram or more each day) of niacin or nicotinic acid (also
used to lower cholesterol)
- colchicine (used to treat gout).
As well as the medicines listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including those
obtained without prescription. In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking
any of the following:
- medicines with an active ingredient to prevent blood clots, such as
warfarin, fluindione, phenprocoumon or acenocoumarol (anticoagulants)
- colestyramine (also used to lower cholesterol), because it affects the way
- fenofibrate (also used to lower cholesterol)
- rifampicin (used to treat tuberculosis).
You should also tell any doctor who is prescribing a new medicine for you
that you are taking Inegy.
Inegy with food and drink
Grapefruit juice contains one or more components that alter the metabolism
of some medications, including Inegy. Consuming grapefruit juice should be
avoided as it may increase your risk of muscle problems.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take Inegy if you are pregnant, are trying to get pregnant or think you
may be pregnant. If you get pregnant while taking Inegy, stop taking it
immediately and tell your doctor. Do not take Inegy if you are breastfeeding, because it is not known if the medicine is passed into breast milk.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Inegy is not expected to interfere with your ability to drive or to use
machinery. However, it should be taken into account that some people get
dizzy after taking Inegy.
Inegy contains lactose
Inegy tablets contain a sugar called lactose. If you have been told by your
doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicinal product.
Ask your doctor if you are not sure if your medicine is listed above.
Warnings and precautions
Tell your doctor:
- about all your medical conditions including allergies.
- if you drink large amounts of alcohol or have ever had liver disease. Inegy
may not be right for you.
- if you are due to have an operation. You may need to stop taking Inegy
tablets for a short time.
- if you are Asian, because a different dose may be applicable to you.
Your doctor should do a blood test before you start taking Inegy and if you
have any symptoms of liver problems while you take Inegy. This is to check
how well your liver is working.
Your doctor may also want you to have blood tests to check how well your
liver is working after you start taking Inegy.
While you are on this medicine your doctor will monitor you closely if you
have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes. You are likely to be at
risk of developing diabetes if you have high levels of sugars and fats in your
blood, are overweight and have high blood pressure.
Tell your doctor if you have severe lung disease.
3. HOW TO TAKE INEGY
Your doctor will determine the appropriate tablet strength for you, depending
on your current treatment and your personal risk status.
The tablets are not scored and should not be divided.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- Before starting Inegy, you should be on a diet to lower your cholesterol.
- You should keep on this cholesterol-lowering diet while taking Inegy.
Adults: the dose is 1 tablet Inegy by mouth once a day.
Use in adolescents (10 to 17 years of age): The dose is 1 tablet Inegy by
mouth once a day (a maximum dose of10mg/40mg once daily must not be
The Inegy 10 mg/80 mg dose is only recommended for adult patients with
very high cholesterol levels and at high risk of heart disease problems who
have not reached their cholesterol goal on lower doses.
Take Inegy in the evening. You can take it with or without food.
If your doctor has prescribed Inegy along with another medicine for lowering
cholesterol containing the active ingredient colestyramine or any other bile
acid sequestrant, you should take Inegy at least 2 hours before or 4 hours
after taking the bile acid sequestrant.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Inegy contains
The active substances are ezetimibe and simvastatin.
Each tablet contains 10 mg ezetimibe and 20 mg simvastatin.
If you take more Inegy than you should:
- Please contact your doctor or pharmacist.
The other non-active ingredients are: butylated hydroxyanisole, citric acid
monohydrate, hypromellose, croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate,
magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and propyl gallate.
If you forget to take Inegy:
- Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet, just take your
normal amount of Inegy at the usual time the next day.
If you stop taking Inegy:
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist because your cholesterol may rise
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Inegy can cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them (see Section 2, What you need to know before you take
The following common side effects were reported (may affect up to 1 in 10
- muscle aches
- elevations in laboratory blood tests of liver (transaminases) and/or muscle
The following uncommon side effects were reported (may affect up to 1 in
- elevations in blood tests of liver function; elevations in blood uric acid;
elevations in the time it takes for blood to clot; protein in urine; weight
- dizziness; headache; tingling sensation
- abdominal pain; indigestion; flatulence; nausea; vomiting; abdominal
bloating; diarrhoea; dry mouth; heartburn
- rash; itching; hives
- joint pain; muscle pain, tenderness, weakness or spasms; neck pain; pain
in arms and legs; back pain
- unusual tiredness or weakness; feeling tired; chest pain; swelling,
especially in the hands and feet
- sleep disorder; trouble sleeping
Additionally, the following side effects have been reported in people taking
either Inegy or medicines containing the active ingredients ezetimibe or
- low red blood cell count (anaemia); reduction in blood cell counts, which
may cause bruising/bleeding (thrombocytopenia)
- numbness or weakness of the arms and legs; poor memory, memory loss,
- breathing problems including persistent cough and/or shortness of breath
- inflammation of the pancreas often with severe abdominal pain
- inflammation of the liver with the following symptoms: yellowing of the skin
and eyes, itching, dark coloured urine or pale coloured stool, feeling tired
or weak, loss of appetite; liver failure; gallstones or inflammation of the
gallbladder (which may cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting)
- hair loss; raised red rash, sometimes with target-shaped lesions
- a hypersensitivity reaction including some of the following: hypersensitivity
(allergic reactions including swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat
which may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing and requires
treatment immediately, pain or inflammation of the joints, inflammation of
blood vessels, unusual bruising, skin eruptions and swelling, hives, skin
sensitivity to the sun, fever, flushing, shortness of breath and feeling
unwell, lupus-like disease picture (including rash, joint disorders, and
effects on white blood cells))
- muscle pain, tenderness, weakness or cramps; muscle breakdown;
tendon problems, sometimes complicated by rupture of the tendon
- decreased appetite
- hot flush; high blood pressure
- erectile dysfunction
- alterations in some laboratory blood tests for liver function
Additional possible side effects reported with some statins:
- sleep disturbances, including nightmares
- sexual difficulties
- diabetes. This is more likely if you have high levels of sugars and fats in
your blood, are overweight and have high blood pressure. Your doctor will
monitor you while you are taking this medicine.
- muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness that is constant that may not go
away after stopping Inegy (frequency not known).
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience unexplained muscle
pain, tenderness, or weakness. This is because on rare occasions,
muscle problems can be serious, including muscle breakdown resulting
in kidney damage; and very rare deaths have occurred.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side
effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the
Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects, you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE INEGY
Keep your tablets out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 30oC.
Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture and light.
Do not take the tablets if they are past the expiry date which is clearly
marked on the blister package and carton.
If your tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration,
consult your doctor or pharmacist who will tell you what to do.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These
measures will help to protect the environment.
What Inegy looks like and contents of the pack
Inegy are white to off-white, capsule-shaped tablets marked with ‘312’ on
one side and plain on the other side.
Inegy is supplied in blister packs of 28 tablets.
MANUFACTURER AND PRODUCT LICENCE HOLDER:
Manufactured by Merck Sharp & Dohme (Italia) S.p.A., Via Emilia, 2, 27100Pavia, Italy. Procured from within the EU by Product Licence holder
Star Pharmaceuticals Ltd., 5 Sandridge Close, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 1XD.
Repackaged by Servipharm Ltd.
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.) 12.10.17
Inegy is a trademark of MSD International GmbH.
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