I need to find a generic form of Zetia so that my insurance will pay for it. Is there any such thing?
The generic form of Zetia is ezetimibe. Many pharmacies automatically dispense the lowest-priced generic form of a medication, but it's worth talking to your local pharmacist about this. A pharmacist is an often overlooked member of your health team, particularly when you have questions about your meds.
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Neither my MD, nor my pharmacist can tell me when Zetia will be available as a generic. I read somewhere that the summer of 2009 would be 10 years since it was "invented", and therefore eligible to become generic. Also, neither can tell me if it is OK for me to eat grapefruit while taking Zetia.
Here is a post that may help you:
Is Grapefruit Safe to Eat When Taking a Statin Drug?
The article discusses more than just statin medications and grapefruit.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
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thanks, however Zetia is NOT a statin.. or so my MD says.
You are correct - Zetia is not a statin drug. However, the article I referenced above discusses grapefruit in relation to different medications (not just statins), which I why I thought you may want to review it.
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I've been told by my doctor, a specialist in cardiology, and my pharmicist that Zetia has no generic forms to date and won't for some time. Ezetimibe is Zetia's active ingrediant and is the same thing but not its generic name.
In fact, the earliest time for a generic form of Zetia to become available is April of 2017.
For more details go to: http://cholesterol.emedtv.com/zetia/generic-zetia.html
As such Lisa Nelson RD erred in her answer.