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Widely used drug may hurt heart patients

January 14, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Check your medicine cabinet, because new findings show a widely used cholesterol drug may hurt rather than help heart patients.Researchers wanted to find out if the drug Zetia reduced the growth of plaque in the arteries. Zetia is usually combined with another drug, Zocor. Together it's called Vytorin.

Doctors gave Vytorin to patients and they found it did not reduce plaque. In fact, in some patients, plaque actually grew faster than it did for those who received only Zocor.

That's lead some experts to say Zetia shouldn't be prescribed unless all other cholesterol drugs have failed.