Consumers Waste 5 Billion By Purchasing Vytorin, Zetia

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Zetia does effectively lower bad cholesterol, but the statin is really what lowers your risks for heart disease. Since statins also lower bad cholesterol, there is really no need to take Zetia or Vytorin made by Merck.

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On Good Morning America today they ran a health segment on a study of Zetia and Vytorin that was just released. Zetia, which can be taken alone, or combined with a statin (Zetia+Statin= Vytorin) is marketed as being able to reduce bad cholesterol and the risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart-related death.

The study, which compared the effects of Zetia to the effects of just taking the statin, concluded that Zetia does effectively lower bad cholesterol, but the statin is really what lowers your risks for heart disease. Since statins also lower bad cholesterol, there is really no need to take Zetia or Vytorin. This new data shows that $5 billion was wasted last year to purchase these 2 unnecessary drugs.

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I had a triple bypass 12 years ago. I can not take stains and only ended up in the hospital when I was put on them. Different types of statins were tried and as soon as I started to have problems I had to stop taking them, (Doctors just don't give up). I can take zetia with no problem and it does lower my chlorestol but now my perscription plan thru Humana (the goverment who looks after us) has stop me from getting them. If you say is true that zetia does not help me, can you guarantee it will not effect my health if stop taking zetia? Also, I can get a 3 months supply of zetia from Canada for the same price as one months supply in the US. by using their generic brand which for some reason isn't avalible here. Do you recomend me to stop taking Zetia? This is very important to me because your decision here may effect my health. My doctor wants me to continue with them but I'm not going to pay out money for something that isn't going to help me. Thank you, Angelo DeBona