Ezetimibe is used as an active ingredient in medicines that treat high levels of cholesterol in the blood. It is an azetidinone derivative and a cholesterol absorption inhibitor. It shows the activity of lipid-lowering. It interacts physically with cholesterol transporters at the brush border of the small intestine. The component inhibits the intestinal absorption of cholesterol and related phytosterols. This leads to a decrease in the level of blood cholesterol or an increase in the clearance of cholesterol from the bloodstream.
Class of Drugs – Statins
Molecular Formula – C24H21F2NO3
Molecular Weight - 409.4 g/mol
Working: This active ingredient is available for oral administration. It is approved for the treatment of an increased level of blood cholesterol. It acts by preventing the production of cholesterol by the liver. This active ingredient has a different mechanism of action and minimizes blood cholesterol by lowering the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine. Ezetimibe medicine does not work for the absorption of triglycerides or fat-soluble vitamins. It reduces the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs from the diet. It may help to prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Uses: This given medicinal drug is indicated for the use in therapy with lipid-altering agents. It treats increased risk for atherosclerotic vascular disease due to hypercholesterolemia. It treats different health conditions like primary hyperlipidemia, homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, and homozygous sitosterolemia.
Popular Brands and Dosages: The active component is prescribed for the treatment of high blood cholesterol levels. Ezetimibe is available in popular brands like follows:
- Zetia: 10 mg
Maintain a healthy diet advised by the doctor while treating with this medicine.