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Is Simvastatin (40mg) taken with ezetimibe (10mg) a good substitute for Vytorin(40mg)?

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Posted on Fri, 13 Jul 2018
Question: Is simvastatin (40mg) taken with ezetimibe (10mg) a good substitue for vytorin (40mg) and why would these two satins be subcribed in lieu of Vytorin when my total cholestrol is 151
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Total cholesterol 151
Triglycerides 50
HDL 72
LDL 69
VLDL 10
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Answered by Dr. Sagar Makode (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes, it's an alternative

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Firstly, it's an alternative and you can have it. Vytorin combines both components so easier to have.
Also, the most important reason for its continuation is pleiotropic effects. It has multiple benefits other than lipid lowering like antioxidant, plaque stabilisation etc. It has found to provide mortality benefits beyond lipid control. Also, after stopping, these and lipid lowering effects will gradually vanish so they are continued irrespective of lipid levels. Ezetimibe is not absolutely necessary and it can be stopped but some physician wants to continue it as well.
Hope this helps you and clears your doubt. Get back if you have any doubts.
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Total cholesterol 151 Triglycerides 50 HDL 72 LDL 69 VLDL 10