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Cholesterol Drug May Cause Depression

By February 19, 2008

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a product label change for the cholesterol-lowering drugs Zetia (ezetimibe) and Vytorin (ezetimibe/simvastatin), adding depression as a possible side-effect.

In February 7th and 8th letters to the drugs' co-marketers, Schering-Plough Corp. and Merck & Co., the FDA said depression will be added to the section of the drugs' package insert concerning adverse reactions in post-marketing experience. The new language also will be included in a section of the patient package inserts listing possible side effects of the drugs.

Vytorin is a combination of Zetia and simvastatin. Simvastatin is marketed by Merck under the brand Zocor.

Vytorin and Zetia have been in the news lately because of a recently released study showing that there is no benefit from using either drug. The labeling changes, however, do not appear to be related to this study.

August 5, 2013 at 4:28 am
(1) Jerome says:

Break your 3 normal main meals into 5 smaller portion sizes – morning, snack, lunch, snack, dinner.

Withdrawal from levothyroxine can be done but it takes 6 weeks of withdrawal
for the remaining thyroid tissue to be completely starved.
When you’re about to start on your weight loss plan, it’s a good
idea to think about your end goal and chunk it down into smaller goals.

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