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V LIVER V T ES IIVE T DI DIG C RACT C TTR To learn about a free 30-day trial supply* offer for ZETIA, visit zetia.com. all patients are eligible. No purchase necessary. Restrictions apply. See Terms and Conditions. Having trouble paying for your r Merck r medicine? k Merck may kbe y able to help. www.merck.com/merckhelps Statins, a good option, work mainly k with y the liver. ZETIA works in the digestive tract, as do some other cholesterol-lowering medicines. Cholesterol from food is absorbed when it enters t the digestive tract. ZETIA is unique inthe way it y helps t block the k absorption of cholesterol f that comes fromfood. Unlikesome statins, ZETIA has A not been t shown to prevent heart disease t or heart attacks. t Ask your k doctor if adding ZETIA is right for t you. If you diet and take a statin, ZETIA can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol even more. A healthy A diet y and t exercise are important, but sometimes they're not enough toget your cholesterol where it needs t to be. If you're f also taking a statin, ZETIA can A help lower your r LDL (bad) cholesterol even further. In a clinical study, people who added ZETIA to A their statin medicationreduced their bad cholesterol on average by an y additional 25% compared with 4% inpeople who added a placebo (a pill with no medication). Individual results vary. Important Risk t Information k About ZETIA: t ZETIA is A a prescription medicine and should not be t taken by people y who are allergic to any of its f ingredients. ZETIA can A be taken alone or with a statin. Statins should not be t taken by women who are nursing or pregnant r or t who r may become y pregnant, or by r anyone y with liver problems. If you have ever had r liver problems r or are r pregnant or t nursing, r your doctor r will r decide if ZETIA f alone A is right for t you. r Your doctor may rdo y blood tests to check your k liver r before you start taking t ZETIA with A a statin and during treatment. Unexplained muscle pain or weakness could be a sign of a rare but serious t side effect and should be reported to your doctor r right away. t In clinical studies, patients reported few side w effects while taking ZETIA. These . included diarrhea, joint pains, t and tiredness. You are encouraged to report negative t side effects of prescription f drugs to theFDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, t or call r 1-800-FDA-1088. Please read the more detailed information about Z t ETIA on A the adjacent page. t For more r information, call 1-800-98-ZETIA or visit r zetia.com. A different way tto y help fight cholesterol t Copyright © t 2011 © Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of y Merck & k Co., Inc. All rights reserved. CARD-1003742-0009 ZETIA is A a registered trademark of k MSP f Singapore Company, LLC.