Generic Name: EZETIMIBE/SIMVASTATIN - ORAL Pronounced: (e-ZET-i-mibe/SIM-va-STAT-in) Ezetimibe-simvastatin Oral Precautions
Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to ezetimibe or simvastatin; or if you have any other
allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause
allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about
all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs,
and herbal products).
Limit alcoholic beverages. Daily use of alcohol may
increase your risk for liver problems, especially when combined with this
product. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Older adults may be mor...
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