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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.

Comments
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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