By the way, doctor: Is Vytorin safe?

Published: March, 2008

Q. I'm taking Vytorin. After the news about a negative study a couple of months ago, I am wondering if it's safe.

A. Vytorin combines two cholesterol-lowering drugs, simvastatin (Zocor) and ezetimibe (Zetia). Simvastatin and the other statins reduce "bad" LDL cholesterol by interfering with liver enzymes. Ezetimibe works in the intestine to block cholesterol absorption.

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