Drug Ratings for ZETIA

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 1  cholesterol slightly over 200; Ok in beginning but after 6+ months was more tired, just thought I was doing too much helping remodel daughters house but then the leg cramps, back pain, joint and muscle pains intensified. I had this side effect on every statin I tried and was told zetia was not a statin so it took me over a month until the light came on and I realuzed my pains were from zetia. I immediately stopped it and told my doctor who gave me a diet and exercise brochure because I obviously cannot take meds that mess with cholesterol. It has been two months and ever so slowly the muscle pains and the weakness has improved. I am still not back to normal but very close. I will have my blood drawn and everything checked soon. F 63 8 months
10 mg
2/5/2014

 1  High cholesterol (300) Sharp, stabbing pain and severe cramping in my left foot and later in my right big toe. Mainly occurs at night when in bed resting - not when standing, wearing shoes or walking. Also itchy rash on my backside. I thought the foot pain was from gout, which my father had. Went to DR to be tested for gout, results negative. Tried to figure out on my own what might be causing the pain - only new med was Zetia ... stopped taking it and within 3 days, my foot pain lessened and the rash cleared up. Still sporadic foot cramps, hoping they will go away in time. F 68 45 days
10 mg 1X D
1/5/2014

 1  450 choesterol and high triglycerie INSOMNIA!!! Rapidly thinning hair!! F 59 4 months
10 mg. 1X D
12/4/2013
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 2  high cholesterol I can not take statins because of severe side-effects. My doctor gave me a one month prescription of Zetia to try. I don't know yet whether it is actually helping my cholestrol, but I have been experiencing some side effects. I take it in the evening as recommended because that is when your body manufacturers cholestrol (and the pharmacist said fiber can interfere with the absorption of Zetia) However, every morning, I get nauseous right after eating breakfast. I also have been experiencing some joint pain (I have arthritis already, so the joint pain got worse after starting Zetia) and muscle aches, fatigue and now I seem to be starting to itch around my abdomen and the back of my neck burns. I would like to find something I could take to help my high cholestrol because of our family history of heart disease, but sadly, it doesn't look like it will be Zetia. Has anyone ever tried taking Niacin for high cholestrol? I heard that can work but it can have side effects similar to statins..... F 52 3 weeks
10 mg
10/3/2013
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 5  Borderline high cholesterol None My doctor put me on Zetia 15 years ago for borderline high cholesterol (240). The reading was down to 160 with my last blood work. I watch my diet and exercise every day (2-3 miles/day). F 65 15 years
1X D
9/10/2013
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 1  High Cholesterol Zetia producted the following: Bad taste in mouth, Blurry Vision, Cervical Dystonia worsened, Extreme Fatigue, Headaches, Heartburn, Hypersensitivity to sounds, Increase in appetite (slight), Increased urination, Insomnia, Irritability, Mental blurriness/cog fog, Ringing in the ears. The worse side effects were the headaches, worsening of Cervical Dystonia, Insomnia (I would be awake for about 12 hours after taking Zetia, even though I took it in the evenings), and some ringing in the ears. These symptoms happened even with 2.5 mgs. of Zetia! M 51 5 days
5 MG 1X D
7/9/2013

 1  high cholesterol Itchy rash, neck and jaw pain, right lower abdomen pain, right knee pain and back pain, bloating and constipation F 33 10 days
10mg
5/17/2013

 1  cholestrol. simvastat and liptoroff I was taking lipitor for app two years came off and was given simvastatin had calve pain . I started the Zetia and for the last month discovered severe toe pain and knee pain in both knees for a month. I read the comments today and saw that I share some of the common side effects. This was helpful I will notified my doctor this week but I will need to come off. I am having a difficult time climbing my stairs in the home. I have no major health problems with my my knee joint that's why I have to take my self off of this medicine. I'm not sure if the sudden burning around my neck and brake out of redness on my body. his is not often but it just started a week ago It sometimes feel like a mosquitoe bite. After taking the medicine at night i have been having pains in the chest area but i sit up for about an hour or drink something warm before going to bed. I may stop taking tonight after reading some comments and inform my doctor that i have done this My next appointment with him is not until June 27. I had blood work completed two weeks ago but i have not heard from him. F 60 3 months
10mg 1X D
5/6/2013

 1  Cholesterol I had pain all over, especially stomach and joint pain. Swelling and deep depression. This medication almost destroyed me in 5 months, I hurt all over and had problems just getting from room to room. My fingertips would bleed getting ice from my ice maker! Blood has oozed from pores in my face if I accidently rubbed it with a wash cloth a little to hard! I went to the ER on two different occasions, once with severe chest pains and once for the swelling. All test come back normal. I had suicidal thoughts, not wanting to live if this was how my life was going to be from now on. I have been off this medication ( thankfully I ran across this site ) fro 4 days, and now the pain is almost gone, mentally I am thinking much clearer..waiting on the swelling to go down. PLEASE do NOT take this medication!!! . F 58 5 days
10 1X D
4/16/2013
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 1  Tlower cholesterol and triglyceride Excruciating foot, ankle, calf, thigh cramps when lying down, depriving me of sleep. Had been on Lipitor and Zocor previously, but lost my memory on those drugs. Taken off statins, put on Zetia. I've had high cholesterol all my life. I am 78, otherwise healthy, but when those cramps "grabbed" me, I wanted to shoot myself. Took myself off Zetia two weeks ago. I have an occasional leg or thigh cramp, but NOTHING like hwen on Zetia. Am hoping the cramps will disappear the longer I'm off that drug. I plan to live with my high cholesterol and triglycerides... no more drugs.. F 78 4 months
10 1X D
4/9/2013
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 3  High cholesterol I tried Zetia after spending one year in Physical Therapy, seeing a neurologist and taking various vitamin supplements for a bad reaction to simvastatin. After about 45 days on Zetia I began experiencing foot pain, ankle swelling and hip pain, the same symptoms I had with the statins. I then developed the leg crushing muscle cramps, especially on my inner thighs. At least this time I was smart enough to stop it before it did major muscle damage like the statins did. It lowered my cholesterol and the ratio was excellent in just 2 months. If I hadn't developed the horrible physical side effects with muscle weakness, pain, etc. I would have stayed on it. F 60 days
10 1X D
3/30/2013

 2  High cholesterol I am active and still working.My doctor prescribed Lipitor and I had weakness in my ankles. We changed to Crestor and had the same effects , I have been on Zetia for nearly a year. I travel a lot and attributed swollen knees and ankles to that albeit I have frequent muscle cramps. Recently, meniscus tears and a tumor were found in my left knee. I have endless insomnia now and for the last few days, I am having bouts of dizziness. I did cut back to 3 days a week on Zetia but having trouble walking (left knee).This site has helped so much. I am not alone! I am OFF Zetia today and back to enjoying being busy!!! F 71 9 months
10mg
3/14/2013

 1  Cholesterol Management Everything mentioned on this site and more. Stopped taking 3 months ago. Experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. Most dramatic are the unusual cardiac issues. Tingling in the upper chest, as if someone is tickling your skin from the inside with a feather, ringing in the ears and blood pressure intolerance. It's easy to confuse these insidious physical maladies with myocardial dysfunction, CAD or arterial stenosis. The filthy doctors and the criminal drug companies are killing people. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG. The immediate gain for these homicidal maniacs is MONEY. Their ultimate objective is to keep people dependent upon the medical establishment and cull the population down to a more manageable level. Look at the Enhance Study, the NYT 2009 article and the Arbiter-6 Halts trial regarding Zetia. Don't pay any attention to the garbage these psychopaths tell you about Zetia. Your symptoms are as real as the quarterly bonus check your dirtbag physician gets from the global drug crime syndicate. The cardiologist dropped me from his practice for refusing to continue with Zetia. M 41 4 years
10 mg 1X D
3/1/2013
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 2  high cholesterol Have a problem with statins, and I also am taking zoloft for depression. Had a really bad bout of depression and stomach problems on both previous statins. Put on Zetia. Gradually feeling more and more depressed, tired, and gas discomfort. I do not want to go through what I experienced twice before. Glad I decided to do some research before I thought I was loosing my mind. The question is - what can I take? M 60 25 days
10mg 1X D
2/24/2013
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 2  high cholesterol stomach pains with gas It worked very well to control my cholesterol (lowered my overall from 255 to 191 and raised my HDL!) that I was very reluctant to admit that it was causing me problems. I was unable to sleep for 4-6 hours after taking it at bedtime, so I switched to a morning dose instead. Then I was unable to work effectively bacause the stomach pains became so bad. Sadly, I have had to stop it completely. F 61 90 days
1X D
1/22/2013
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 3  High cholesterol Upset stomach M 62 1 days
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12/9/2012

 1  Elevated HDL Sore throat and extreme nausea with constipation. After discontinuing, lips started cracking and bleeding. Developed sores on knuckles of right hand. Continued nausea and constipation. Feel so sick I can barely go to work. Will be so glad when this poison is out of my system. F 52 10 days
10 mg
9/27/2012

 5  High cholesterol I been on zocor 40 mg. and zetia 10 mg. for about 7 weeks .It has caused a little muslce pain in my left leg , but it dropped my cholesterol from 346 to a an amazing 185 my LDL is good and so is my HDL the results out way the muscle ache.... M 49 6 weeks
10
7/19/2012

 2  need to further lower cholesterol Generalized aches with flu like symptoms and general malaise and nausea. Headaches and increased joint pain and muscle cramps. Increased sweating and poor sleep. Decreased energy and exercise intolerance. I just didn't feel good or right. I have stopped for 2 days now and feel like I did prior to taking Zetia-actually felt better by the next day. It was an unusually stressful week for me and may try to take one more time just to make sure but if symptoms return that will be the end. My numbers have decreased with Lipitor and I have had no problems with Lipitor but my doctor wants them lower. I am very aware of diet and exercise and will continue my good habits and continue trying to decrease my bad habits. I hate taking any medication but apparently heredity plays a role and I can not control that. F 56 9 days
10mg 1X D
6/18/2012
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 2  to lower my cholesterol I had dizziness right away, but I was expecting that because it warns of that on the label. I actually felt really good up until the 13th day. I awoke at night to the feeling of ice being injected into my veins. I had the shake and chills, and extremely frightened because I never felt like that before. I stopped the next day, and I began to feel better. It has been a couple of months, so I decided to try again just to see if it is the drug, or if I had a virus....so I will report back in a couple of weeks. I have been good about my diet, and taking fish oil and eating oatmeal etc...my numbers were going down, but I guess not fast enough for the Doc. That's why I am trying again.... F 49 13 days
10 mg 1X D
6/17/2012
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 1  to lower cholesterol Abdominal pain, tightness of chest, back pain, ankle and wrist pain. nausea. I am alergic to statin based drugs. I have been hospitalized from taking them. My physician prescribed Zetia to lower my cholesteral so I agreed to take it. The side effects from this drug is very scary. I thought I was having a heart attack. I am hoping I can overcome the side effects with time. M 84 12 days
10 mg 1X D
6/10/2012

 1  to lower cholesterol Joint pain (wrists, shoulders, knees). I had joint pain with Crestor, so my doctor recommended Zetia. He said Zetia would not cause joint pain. About a month or two later I started having joint pain in my left wrist. I thought it was arthritis. Eventually I was tested for joint and nerve damage. the doctor asid I had damaged a nerve. I also developed a bad sinus condition which was tentatively diagnosed as a staph infection. It was treated with antibiotics, but never got well. It was cultured but no staph infection was found. The joint pain got worse and spread to the other wrist and to shoulders and knees. Eventually I quit Zetia on my own. The sinus condition has cleared up, and most of the joint pain is gone... just a little pain in my left wrist where the pain started. I will never take Zetia or any other cholesterol pill again. M 70 8 months
10 1X D
5/31/2012

 1  High Cholesterol Cough & congestion and overall lack of energy . Today I have started itching. I am going to discontinue taking Zetia. F 58 3 weeks
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5/25/2012

 1  high cholesterol Increased joint pains increased lethargy diarrhea intermittently sinus congestion and increased mucousproduction. Stopped taking for 5 days cannot believe the difference thank god for finding his site thanks F 62 6 months
10mg
5/15/2012

 1  high cholesterol Increased joint pains increased lethargy diarrhea intermittently sinus congestion and increased mucousproduction. Stopped taking for 5 days cannot believe the difference thank god for finding his site thanks F 62 6 months
10mg
5/15/2012

 2  High cholesterol Blurry vision-worsened by 2 points- fatigue- insomnia-cant sleep more then 4 hrs RA symptoms in hands and knees- depression and irratability Mental blurriness Was leary about taking this drug.My numbers werent that bad. Afraid to stop due to scare tactics that Ill have heart attack or stroke. F 58 3 months
10 mg 1X D
5/10/2012
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 1   I recently described my experience with Zetia and my empirical cessation of taking it because of suspected and debilitating side-effects. Now that some more time has elapsed, I can say that my well-being continues to improve. My mood has even been elevated and my libido has gotten a boost. I am thoroughly convinced that Zetia causes a litany of physical problems and apparently some "mental" issues which can perhaps be traced to all the neuro-muscular pain and discomfort which one experiences. Again, use statins only in dire circumstances of hyperlipidemia! One thing that is worth mentioning: After discontinuing the use of Zetia, I apparently developed some gastric hyperacidity manifested by a feeling of "hunger" late in the evening and through the night. I took Tums and did get relief. M 76
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5/9/2012
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 1  Elevated triglycerides, low HDL Back pain, severe pulsating pain in my right knee and right calf, weakness, lethargy, runny nose, bloating, increase in abdominal girth, occasional cramping in the feet. I am 76 years old, in essentially good health, 6'1", 203 lbs. None of the side effects I have described are, in my opinion, attributable to age. In fact, I stopped taking Zetia only one week ago and I have not had any back pain or the terrible pulsating pain in my leg which awakened me several times each night. I no longer feel "weak" and, where before, climbing the stairs was an effort, it is no longer my daily challenge. I believe statins are detrimental to your health and probably have systemic effects which are (at least initially) too subtle to attribute to the medication. I firmly believe that these drugs should only be used in situations of exorbitantly high cholesterol or triglycerides and where side effects, if and when they occur, are acceptable and tolerated on a risk versus benefit basis. M 76 2 years
10mg 1X D
5/2/2012

 1  Lower bad choleserol Crazy dizziness diagnosed with vetrigo Don't take it. M 48 2 weeks
10 mg 1X D
4/24/2012
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 1  high cholesterol Total body aches, especially right foot, upper back, neck. Tired but still couldn't sleep well....and I am usually a very sound sleeper. Statins are like poison to my system. I started on fish oil, more fiber, more veggies, regular exercise and less meat. Those natural steps lowered my total cholesterol by 22 points, but my doctor felt I should still try Zetia. Never again. I even asked my pharmacist if Zetia could be causing my problems, but she really didn't think so. Oh gosh. Be careful out there! Listen to your bodies! F 63 1 months
10 mg 1X D
4/16/2012
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 1  to lower my cholesterol Severe stomach pains, soles of feet so tender that I could not walk. Severe muscle pain in shoulders and arms. Leg pain was severe. Headaches. Chest pain. I. DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS DRUG. Have not had a normal bowel movement since taking this drug. Have to go thru a colonoscopy and endoscopy to see what damage it has caused. F 62 3 months
15mg
3/20/2012

 1  to lower LDL i now have a terrible colon problem --- apparently it has destroyed all my good bacteria and i am constantly in the bathroom. i am now off the drug and the correction to my colon is so slow and gradual and very painful with a lot of gas. Stay away from this drug - it should be pulled from the market. it has totally changed my social life for the time being. M 66 180 days
10 mg 1X D
3/13/2012
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 2  Cholestrol OK, so, I start getting pain in my hips and shoulders, so I ask my Internist for an ANA test (lupis), it comes back pos. Second Lupis labs, positive. Get referred to a Rhum. she says, "oh, let's try stopping the Zetia. Stopped for 2 weeks, didn't notice a huge change. THEN, I start up again, two days later (today)....can't walk. Seriously, I have never had pain like this. Called my Rhum. told her my story and she said stop taking it again for two weeks right away and see if the pain goes away. Seriously, I stopped and am NOT going back on this medication. It's weird because I had been on it for about a year, and nothing, however, after reading some of the other comments, like dry eyes, etc. now it's making sense. F 59 1 years
20 1X D
3/7/2012
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 1  Lower cholesterol Severe Muscle pain and weakness in shoulders, neck, legs and arms. Also tired all the time, no energy! Very painful! Also alot of gas, bloating and severe diarrhea F 27 2 months
10mg
1/3/2012
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 1  To decrease my high cholesterol I am not an athlete but in an athletic shape, I jog 3 times a week at least 5 miles each time. I have a balanced diet. After taking ZETIA for 2 weeks I was tired more than usually, developed excruciating knee pain, all of a sudden I got repeated severe sinus, nose and throat infections. At the time I didn't suspect ZETIA and unfortunately continued to take it. In 2005 I felt perfectly fine then my high cholesterol "condition" was discovered and put on 20mg/day of Lipitor. Did that for 2 months and after having muscle pain, uneasiness, and being tired I stopped taking it. In 2011 I was again perfectly fine but following Dr's recommendation I tried again to lower my cholesterol with ZETIA and had the symptoms described. WILL stick to good, balanced diet, jog/workout and take my chances against what these CLOWNS are doing to me EACH TIME - even if with the best of intentions. I have also increased the amount of fish in my diet and also taking some fish oil. I eat daily various fruit, nuts and keep the food portions medium sized. M 36 7 months
10mg 1X D
12/29/2011

 3  To lower cholesterol Stomach/pelvic pain, joint pain, thinning hair, dry eyes. Rapidly thinning hair and very dry eyes have occurred since starting Zetia and that is the only RX drug I am taking. F 64 5 months
10 mg 1X D
10/27/2011

 1  High cholesterol All of asudden I was having worsening sleep problems and then the palpations started. Noticed I was aware of needing to take deep sighs. Cannot say I was short of breath but a definite issue. Also noticed eye twitching. Going to stop taking and see what happens. F 65 7 days
10mg 1X D
9/16/2011

 2  for high cholesterol General malaise, gas, nausea, constipation, headache I haven't taken this long enough to see if it lowers my numbers, but I doubt I'll last that long with it. I am unable to take statins due to severe muscle pain, so giving this a try. I've had less side effects with zetia, but still enough that I don't want to take it. F 46 7 days
10 mg 1X D
8/29/2011

 1  Cholesterol Sleep deprivation,stomach upset all day, lower back and hip pain, weight gain in stomach,sinus inflamation,blisters on fingers I cannot take statins because they make my liver very unhappy,so my Dr prescribed Zetia. I don't feel the benefits outweigh all the side effects of this drug. I gave it a chance and I will discontinue taking it. I will eat more healthy and see if that will bring the Cholesterol down. I know my Dr will be very unhappy that I have stopped taking Zetia but I am in control. I cannot continue to make Dr appointments to discuss the side effects of this drug and how it effects my livelihood and they refuse to believe there are side effects involved with this drug. you can't sleep, they prescribe a sleeping pill, your joints hurt, they tell you to take alieve or Advil, give me a break. I'm not stupid. F 58 2 months
10 1X D
8/20/2011
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 1  high colesterol I had a bad headache as soon as i started taking the medicine. I thought it was a sinus problem, no energy at all after reading this I will not take it any more, my body just is not wright F 57 5 days
10 mg 1X D
8/15/2011

 1  high cholesterol/triglycerides Extreme fatigue, knee pain, foot pain, hair loss, excruciating headaches I could barely get through a day of work on this drug. And I had to take two days off work because I can't walk on my right foot. This drug is poison and statins are no better. I'd rather take my chances than be a cripple. I'm 48, not 98. F 48 2 weeks
10 1X D
8/10/2011
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 1  high cholesterol in spring 2010 I took Zetia for abt. 6-7 weeks. Side effects were bad & numerous. (previous to Zetia doctor had me try 3 different statins but was unable to tolerate their very bad side effects, so he prescribed Zetia). Just recently decided to give Zetia one more try. I took it for abt. 7-8 weeks, and started to experience the bad side effects again; so stopped taking Zetia last Thurs. Did I quit too soon w/o tapering off ? as since quit the drug am experiencing very bad sleep deparavation, i.e., can't go to sleep at nights for hours; when finally asleep I sleep for abt. 3 hrs. then awake; sleep is eratic thereafter, - wake up abt. every 30min - to one hr. Don't know how long this will continue. Has anyone experienced like side effects? I also take other prescription drugs, and am hypothyrodism taking a drug for this. I've read that one should not take Zetia if one has hypothyrodism. - thanks for any help! F 67 60 days
30mg 1X D
5/3/2011
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 1  to lower cholesterol Severe joint pain and muscle weakness that was so bad it caused my leg to become permanently numb and severe pain in back, thighs, knees even after over a year of being off.I also now have a torn meniscus in my left kneee as well. I was given this because Lipator and Zocor caused joint pain and this didn't list these side effects. Would never have taken it had I known. I took myself off. I would strongly recommend NEVER taking this drug. F 53 4 months
1X D
4/17/2011
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 1  high cholesterol Very iritable, no patience, crying comes easily, very negative attitude, AND dizziness. Also get very tired at end of day, pain in knees. I have always been a happy/positive individual and lead a healthy lifestyle. Took Lipitor for 7 years and had achiness, but nothing like the side effects of Zetia. F 63 3 weeks
10 mg 1X D
3/24/2011
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 3  high cholesterol After 30 days of Zetia, I developed a blister on the end of each finger and then skin peeled off quite deep, then this happened on my feet too. After 60 days developed deep aching pain in left side of chest, and have had CT,MRI,EGD and colonoscopy, Endoscopic ultrasound which showed a cyst in left kidney, pancreas and liver. No one has suggested I go off the Zetia, but I think I should try it! The pain is always there, wakes my at night, limits my activiites during the day. Has really changed my quality of life. F 49 9 months
30 1X D
3/4/2011

 1  high LDL After about 1 month of starting the drug I began having charly horse type pain in my calves, both at night & during the day. Sometimes I would awaken 2 to 3 times a night and couldn't get back to sleep. I also have had sinus pain & diahrea for the past 10 days. A few days ago I developed a rash on my face & decided to call my doctor. He advised that I stop taking Zetia for a few weeks to see if the symptoms clear up. I've had similiar reactions taking statins. F 62 7 weeks
10 mg 1X D
2/18/2011

 1  high cholesterol It took me a week of gradual symptoms to wake up this morning thinking "maybe it the Zetia". I still don't know but I'm stopping the medication to see what happens. My most pronounced symptom was dizziness and insomnia. Today I had a really bad stomach and ageneral feeling of unwellness. After reading these comments I can add to this list things I was just avoiding recognizing: itching, aching breasts????, sinus issues, a feeling like there is a rock in the center of my body. I also began to think there was really something terrible going on with me. It was scary. Not sure if this is the reason for it all....the Zetia.....but I bet it is. F 60 14 days
1X D
2/4/2011

 1  High cholerstrol Chest pains (I thought it was a heart attack) that would last for days then be gone for a day and then back again, other days no chest pains. Pain in the both arms never at the same time. And stomach pains. There were times I thought I was dying. Going to the doctor next week, looking at a different medication. M 45 42 days
10 MG 1X D
1/1/2011

 1  LDL was at 130 Zetia was prescribed by my doctor when he noticed my LDL going up, but at the same time I was getting my gall bladder removed due to dyskenesia. I am on no other prescriptions and have no High blood pressure, no high triglycerides, and eat and exercise responsibly. This past year my AST and ALT liver enzymes started going up and up and up. Had a ultrasound which indicated some fatty infiltration. At this time pain in my right side was becoming intense. My LDL number then started to increase as well..zetia not working. I STOPPED taking this drug when the pain in my legs and joints in my feet were "crippling" me. I have been off this drug for almost one month now and still experience joint pain now and again in my hands, arms, legs, and feet to the point of feeling arthritic for about 48 hours. Just had my AST and ALT results from two weeks ago, 2 weeks after stopping zetia, and low and behold....the numbers are now "half" of what they were!! When I told my D F 58 4 years
10 mg 1X D
12/30/2010

 1  ldl Almost died from the side effects. I wouldn't even consider taking zetia or any related drug ever, regardless of the consequences. It nearly took my life. I am taking legal action asap. M 56 5 months
30 1X D
12/2/2010
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 1  high cholerstrol OMG I thought something REALLY bad was happening. My Dr. said, "Let's stop the Zetia." The change was incredible. I COULDN'T TURN OVER IN BED WITHOUT PULLING MYSELF BY THE HEADBOARD! Pain in legs, lower back, even my toes hurt. Every comment I read here could have been me. I WON'T take this medicine again. F 63 3 years
10mb 1X D
11/27/2010
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 1  High Cholesterol In ombination with lipitor since 12/09, I took Zetia and in 8/10 diagnosed w/ kidney damage-55% of my kidney function is gone. I am anemic and have hypertension which is not yet ontrolled (all from the kidney damage. I have stopped both the Lipitor and the Zetia, but once the kidneys lose function they cannot be restored. M 42 210 days
1X D
9/26/2010

 1  high cholesteral Sever pain in joints, feet, swelling of legs shortness of breath. Felt like I was going to die! At one point I even thought I had something really bad. I am going to take myself off this today... F 51 60 days
1X D
9/23/2010

 1  cholestral made me achey and tired M 54 3 weeks
10 1X D
9/12/2010

 1  High Cholesterol The side affects were sooooooo horrible when taking Crestor that I am not even considering trying Zetia. I wanted to cut my legs off @ the knees the pain was so acute. I almost lost my job because I didn't realize what was happening to me. I was even vomiting plain water when I could even keep[ it down. If any one out there were happy with Zetia after experiencing severe side effects with Crestor....please let me know. F 62 0 days
10mg 1X D
9/6/2010
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 1  High cholesteral Took Zetia for six years and it took six years out of my life. Back, hip and leg pain so severe I was limping, taking cortisone shots in my right hip for "bursitis", and had knee surgery for tears in my right knee meniscus caused by limping. Countless x-rays and MRIs found nothing and the problems persisted until I didn't want to live if it had to be in pain. Then, I couldn't get to the pharmacy for a few days to pick up my Zetia refill and realized the back pain was subsiding. Four days after taking my last Zetia, I was a new person - no hip or back pain. I am extremely grateful to be pain free; however, I've been left with a knee that will never be 100%, although the surgery was successful. I presented with the hip, back and knee pain to six different physicians - four internists, one endocrinologist and one orthopedic surgeon. Although Zetia was listed as a drug I took, not one of them suspected it was the cause of my pain. F 73
1X D
8/8/2010

 3  to lower ldl below 70 Sinus congestion, white mucus from lungs, throat closing/tightening, abdominal swelling, difficulty sleeping, increased angina (I have congestive heart failure) WOW, after reading all of your comments, I think I just stumbled upon my recent problem. I started taking Zetia only 3 times a week, about 3 or so weeks ago. Since that time, I have a marked increase in my Congestive Heart Failure symptoms, water retention, abdominal swelling and facial, wrist and ankle swelling, angina. I have also seen a tightening/closing feeling in my throat along with sinus congestion and running and fluid build up in my lungs. I have CHF so I assumed that this was related to an increase in the symptoms of this progressive disease. Now, I am not so sure. I will stop taking this medication immediately and am seeing the prescribing DR. this week. Hope this is the cure as the advance of CHF is even scarier! Thank you all for your comments. M 55 25 days
1X O
7/31/2010

 1  bad cholesterol 127 stiff neck, muscle aches, lightheadedness, tired I am so glad that I looked at this site!! My good cholesterol is 73 and triglcerides are 59 so I wonder with an overall 227 why I am being given any drug. I tried zocor but could not tolerate it either. Seems to me that the drug companies really need to do some more research before putting these drugs on the market. I will be calling my doctor tomorrow to discuss this. F 59 2 days
10 1X D
6/30/2010

 1  To push bad Chlor below 70 Took 1 pill on Tuesday morning. Triggered vertigo & vomiting attack Wednesday morning. Felt bad Thursday and Friday. OK by Saturday. I will live with 90 -> 100 bad cholesterol and risk my artery blockages getting larger. I tried Zetia, but will not take again. M 60 1 days
10 1X D
6/27/2010

 1  lowering my cholesterol pain every where and weakness along with headache.. I have enough problems(MS) and then to add this on top of them, please!!! F 52 30 days
10 mg 1X D
5/22/2010
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