About Simvastatin (Zocor)

In combination with a properly administered diet Simvastatin treats triglyceride (fat) and high cholesterol levels in blood. Simvastatin is known to contribute in preventing the medical conditions like heart attacks caused by blocked blood vessels. In addition Simvastatin is used for the prevention of heart problems in individuals which are known to have a risk factor for heart conditions.

Simvastatin – traded under the name Zocor falls in the category of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, also known as statins.  By blocking an enzyme that is necessary to produce cholesterol the drug lowers the amount of cholesterol in blood.

Simvastatin is a prescribed drug and should only be used when prescribed by your doctor.


Simvastatin Side Effects

It is a long established fact that all drugs may cause adverse effects along with the desired effect. Even though you may not experience all the side effects, should you experience any of them while taking Simvastatin, you might need medical attention.

Some of these side effects may however not need medical attention as they will disappear as your body gets used to the drug. In addition, your doctor will be able to advise you about prevention or reduction of the side effects. Always check with your doctor regarding the side effects of Simvastatin.

For professional advice call your doctor or report the side effect of simvastatin to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

The list below is non-exhaustive and should not be considered medical advice.


460-pills_1000393cDizziness, fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat, Bladder pain, bloody or cloudy urine, blurred vision, body aches or pain, chills, cough, dark-colored urine, difficult, burning or painful urination, difficulty with breathing, difficulty with moving, dry mouth, ear congestion, fever, flushed, dry skin, frequent urge to urinate, fruit-like breath odor, headache, increased hunger, increased thirst, increased urination, joint pain, loss of consciousness, lower back or side pain, muscle cramps, spasms, or stiffness, muscular pain, tenderness, wasting, or weakness, nasal congestion, nausea, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stomachache, sweating, swelling, swollen joints, troubled breathing, unexplained weight loss, unusual tiredness or weakness, vomiting etc.

 


Important information on Simvastatin (Zocor) usage

wds_simvastatin40mg28tab.jpg.1The amount and frequency of usage will be decided by your doctor. In many cases the dosage will be altered until the proper dosage for a patient is found. Make sure to use Simvastatin exactly as advised by your doctor.

The medicine is usually taken in the evening, however it is your doctor that will instruct you when to take it. If you forget to take or miss a dose make sure to take it as soon as possible. Never use an extra dose to make up for the skipped one if it is nearly the time for your next dose.

When not to use Simvastatin

If you are found to have an allergic reaction to simvastatin do not use it. You should as well avoid using it if you have a liver condition, are breastfeeding or pregnant. Also, the drug should not be used along with any of the following: boceprevir (Victrelis®), cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®), danazol (Danocrine®), gemfibrozil (Lopid®), nefazodone (Serzone®), telaprevir (Incivek™), certain antibiotics (such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, telithromycin, Biaxin®, Ery-Tab®, Ketek®, Nizoral®, Noxafil®, or Sporanox®), or medicines to treat HIV/AIDS (such as atazanavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, Agenerase®, Crixivan®, Invirase®, Kaletra®, Lexiva®, Norvir®, Reyataz®, or Viracept®).