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Forum Name: Hypertension

Question: Toprol and cholesterol blocker

 nlu2 - Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:47 pm

I am taking Toprol and vytorin. I am out of vytorin can I take cholesterol blocker? I would like to use the bottle up. It contains Phytosterol Concentrate 400mg. 43% as Beta-Sitosterol; 25% as Campesterol and 11% as Stigmasterol.
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed Feb 02, 2005 5:45 pm

User avatar Hi nlu2,
I know that vytorin not only blocks the absoption of cholesterol from food but it also reduces the amount of cholesterol that your body naturally produces. I would be hesitant on using the othe cholesterol blocker you are referring to since I don't know exactly how it works. I would suggest rather than using up something else that may not work in the same way that you call your doctors office because frequently they have sample supplies that may be provided to you upon request.
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Fri Feb 11, 2005 10:35 pm

User avatar Dear nlu2,

Phytosterols are plant products that interfere with intestinal absorption of cholesterol. They can lower the ldl cholesterol but they are better used in conjunction with other cholesterol lowering medications. They have weight gain as side effect.

I think you can take the phytosterols in addition to the vytorin but you have to mention this to your doctor as well.

Please, never stop the toprol suddenly. If you wish to stop it for any reason, you have to get back to your doctor.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.


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