By the way, doctor: Is Vytorin safe?
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.