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Ezetimibe - Interactions and Warnings

Ezetimibe selectively inhibits the uptake of cholesterol. No clinically significant drug-drug interactions have been noted with the use of ezetimibe; however, further studies are warranted. The long-term safety and the effect on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality of ezetimibe are unknown.
- Heart Dis 2002 Nov-Dec;4(6):399-409 -- Ezetimibe: the first in a novel class of selective cholesterol-absorption inhibitors. -- Gupta EK, Ito MK.

Ezetimibe inhibits cholesterol absorption and promotes a compensatory increase of cholesterol synthesis, followed by clinically relevant reductions in LDL and total cholesterol concentrations. Ezetimibe also reduces plasma concentrations of the noncholesterol sterols sitosterol and campesterol, suggesting an effect on the absorption of these compounds as well.
- Circulation 2002 Oct 8;106(15):1943-8 -- Inhibition of intestinal cholesterol absorption by ezetimibe in humans. -- Sudhop T, Lutjohann D, Kodal A, Igel M, Tribble DL, Shah S, Perevozskaya I, von Bergmann K.

The coadministration of ezetimibe at doses up to 10 mg with simvastatin 10 or 20 mg daily caused a significant additive reduction in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol compared with simvastatin alone. Additional clinical studies to assess the efficacy and safety of coadministration of ezetimibe and simvastatin are warranted.
- Br J Clin Pharmacol 2002 Sep;54(3):309-19 -- Pharmacodynamic interaction between the new selective cholesterol absorption inhibitor ezetimibe and simvastatin. -- Kosoglou T, Meyer I, Veltri EP, Statkevich P, Yang B, Zhu Y, Mellars L, Maxwell SE, Patrick JE, Cutler DL, Batra VK, Affrime MB.

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last update: November 2008

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