Treating high cholesterol along with a cholesterol-lowering diet. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Vytorin is a combination of 2 medicines. Ezetimibe is an antihyperlipidemic agent. It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol that your body absorbs from your diet. Simvastatin is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or "statin." It works by blocking an enzyme that is necessary for your body to make cholesterol. Lowering cholesterol levels in the blood reduces the chance of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Vytorin has not been shown to reduce heart attacks or strokes more than simvastatin alone.
Vytorin is used help lower high cholesterol levels which will in turn help prevent strokes and heart attacks. Vytorin works by lowering the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed through your diet.
Vytorin is a medicine used to treat high cholesterol levels, a condition known as hypercholesterolemia. Vytorin is composed of two drugs: ezetimibe and simvastatin. Simvastatin belongs to the HMG-CoA reductase class, a class which inhibits an important step in the cholesterol synthesis pathway. Ezetimibe lowers cholesterol levels by reducing intestinal absorption of cholesterol.
Vytorin reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) while raising HDL (or good cholesterol.) The medicine is administered orally. Patients are advised to avoid grapefruit juice as it can significantly increase serious side effects with the simvastatin component of Vytorin.
Common side effects with Vytorin include headache, diarrhoea, and cold-like symptoms.