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Vytorin can be classified under the cholesterol lowering medications. The medication helps to reduce the amount of fat or cholesterol in the body by blocking its production. In fact the medication is used to treat “bad” cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. Bad cholesterol may eventually lead to hardening of the arteries which may then lead to heart strokes as well as chest pain and blood circulation problems.
Information you should know
Though the medication is used to treat bad cholesterol it is not a one stop solution. You should follow a complete program of treatment which includes taking the medication along with following a proper diet as well as exercising. The medicine may take about two weeks to show its positive effects. Get your cholesterol level checked at regular intervals to find out if the medication has proven to be effective. In case you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant then you should consult your doctor before taking Vytorin. Usage of Vytorin may cause kidney failure in a very few cases. Hence consult your doctor immediately in case you experience symptoms such as muscle weakness or dark colored urine.
Instructions for dosage
You should take Vytorin exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Do not take Vytorin in lesser or larger amounts then what is prescribed by the doctor. You can also follow the instructions on the prescription label. The medication has to be taken only once a day with or without food. Vytorin should be taken preferably at the same time every day. The medication has to be stored at room temperature in a cool and dry place away from direct heat and moisture.
If you miss a dose
If you miss a dose then you can take the dose as soon as you remember. In case it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue with the regular dose. Do not take any extra dose or double dose to make up for the missed dose.
If you overdose
Though the medication has no history of any life threatening symptoms if an overdose is taken, you can consult a doctor for your satisfaction.
Avoid while taking Vytorin
Avoid eating high fat foods. Also refrain from eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. Alcohol should be avoided as far as possible when you take Vytorin. This is because alcohol reduces the effect of the medication.
Serious side effects include blurred vision, muscle pain and weakness. Less serious side effects may include stomach pain, sore throat and cough.