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Tuesday, June 30, 2009 kirk, Community Member, asks

Q: need a generic to replace Zetia so insurance will pay

need generic to replace Zetia

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7/ 1/09 11:12am

Hi Kirk,

 

The generic form of Zetia is ezetimibe.  I recommend discussing your options with your physician or pharmacist.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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granny, Community Member
1/12/10 9:08am

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.

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1/12/10 12:48pm

Hi Granny,

 

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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granny, Community Member
1/13/10 8:37am

thanks, however Zetia is NOT a statin.. or so my MD says.

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1/13/10 3:48pm

Hi Granny,

 

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.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

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Harvey Miller, Community Member
3/28/13 12:22pm

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.

 

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