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Does Zetia help lower cholesterol if you are a vegan?

Asked by JLeslie (57483points) 6 days ago from iPhone

The way I understand it Zetia reduces the absorption of cholesterol. Is that absorption just what you eat? Or, is it also what your body naturally produces?

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Dutchess_III's avatar

Who told you that? Was it a doctor? Or an advertisement?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Also, what does being a vegan have to do with anything?

JLeslie's avatar

^^If you’re a vegan you aren’t eating any cholesterol. The question is specifically about whether Zetia works on cholesterol produced in the body.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

And where did you hear about this product?

JLeslie's avatar

^^It was prescribed to me. What the hell is your problem?

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I just wondered.

JLeslie's avatar

Sorry to be defensive. It just seemed like you were doing one of those “don’t get medical advice on fluther” schticks, and I think you know me better than that.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

That would be a question for Rarebear or your doc I would think. I doubt any of us know a thing about it.

Kardamom's avatar

You can read this somewhat wordy description of how Zetia works.

It appears that there are several ways that cholesterol is made, and/or absorbed. So even if a vegan was not eating any cholesterol, there are 2 other ways that cholesterol are synthesized in the body, and Zetia seems to interfere with all of those ways.

https://www.rxlist.com/zetia-drug.htm#clinpharm

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I better stay away from it!

JLeslie's avatar

@Kardamom I wasn’t completely sure it helps significantly with a low or no cholesterol diet. I don’t really understand what happens to cholesterol made in the body. Does it go directly into the bloodstream? My body pumps out a ton of it. I keep thinking about trying a statin, but I’m nervous. The statins inhibit the production of cholesterol.

Caravanfan's avatar

I have no idea

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I assume the describing doc jad good reason to prescribe it.

JLeslie's avatar

@Dutchess_III Her reason was actually not so good, but I’m not going to bother explaining the whole story. I’ve been nervous about statins for me personally, it’s not a statement about anyone else. I have very specific reasons for myself. I didn’t ask her to prescribe the Zetia though, but I was happy it wasn’t a statin, but the studies aren’t great for reducing cardiac events from what I read.

This all is totally separate from my question about the vegan situation though.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Why the emphasis on “her”?

JLeslie's avatar

My doctor’s reasoning wasn’t good, but it still might be ok that she prescribed it.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

I meant why did you emphasis the word “her”?

JLeslie's avatar

Just for emphasis.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Why tho? Do you think.the outcome would have been different if the doc had been a male?

JLeslie's avatar

No, nothing to do with gender. I just did it to emphasize the word, to convey I would stress “her” if I was saying it out loud.

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