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Review: could Zetia cause Weight gain?

Summary: Weight gain could be caused by Zetia, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Lipitor, and have Blood cholesterol increased.

We study people who have side effects while taking Zetia from FDA and social media. Among them, 480 have Weight gain. Find out below who they are, when they have Weight gain and more.

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On Apr, 11, 2014: 0 people reported to have side effects when taking Zetia. Among them, 480 people have Weight Gain. They amount to 0.09% of all the 520,707 people who have Weight Gain on eHealthMe.

Trend of Weight gain in Zetia reports

Time on Zetia when people have Weight gain * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Weight gain25.00%41.67%8.33%8.33%11.11%2.78%2.78%

Gender of people who have Weight gain when taking Zetia * :

FemaleMale
Weight gain72.34%27.66%

Age of people who have Weight gain when taking Zetia * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Weight gain0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%2.58%7.49%26.87%63.05%

Severity of Weight gain when taking Zetia ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Weight gain0.00%66.67%33.33%0.00%

How people recovered from Weight gain ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Blood cholesterol increased (90 people, 18.75%)
  2. Hypertension (42 people, 8.75%)
  3. Smoking cessation therapy (28 people, 5.83%)
  4. Neuropathy peripheral (26 people, 5.42%)
  5. Diabetes mellitus (22 people, 4.58%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Lipitor (118 people, 24.58%)
  2. Aspirin (117 people, 24.38%)
  3. Zocor (67 people, 13.96%)
  4. Neurontin (62 people, 12.92%)
  5. Crestor (62 people, 12.92%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • I had side effects from statin drugs -- severe muscle and joint pain. Changed to Zetia and my knees hurt so badly that I almost could not get up and down out of a chair. Stopped Zetia and my knee pain disappeared within a few weeks. Have gained approximately 50 lb while on the drugs listed.

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