January 16, 2008
One of the most popular cholesterol drugs may cut your cholesterol, but does not reduce plaque in your arteries.
The new study shows the drug Zetia may actually increase plaque, which can elevate the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Zetia is sold in combination with the drug Zocor and marketed as Vytorin.
At least one doctor at UVa is telling his patients who are on the drug to continue taking it until further research is done.
"There are reasons to think this drug works," said Dr. Carlos Ayers. "I think there's probably some pitfalls in the study itself. I think to prematurely not use this drug is a mistake."