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Ezetimibe is a medication used to treat high blood cholesterol and certain other lipid abnormalities. Generally it is used together with dietary changes and a statin. Alone, it is less preferred than a statin. It is taken by mouth. It is also available in the combination ezetimibe/simvastatin.Common side effects include upper respiratory tract infections, joint pain, diarrhea, and tiredness. Serious side effects may include anaphylaxis, liver problems, depression, and muscle breakdown. Use in pregnancy and breastfeeding is of unclear safety. Ezetimibe works by decreasing cholesterol absorption in the intestines.Ezetimibe was approved for medical use in the United States in 2002. It is available as a generic medication. A month supply in the United Kingdom costs the NHS about £26.21 as of 2019. In the United States the wholesale cost of this amount is about US$5.85. In 2016 it was the 144th most prescribed medication in the United States with more than 4 million prescriptions.

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