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Drug Info for simvastatin

Simvastatin is used together with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Simvastatin is also used to decrease the amount of fatty substances such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (''bad cholesterol'') and triglycerides in the blood and to increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (''good cholesterol'') in the blood. Simvastatin may also be used to decrease the amount of cholesterol and other fatty substances in the blood in children and teenagers 10 to 17 years of age who have familial heterozygous hypercholesterolemia (an inherited condition in which cholesterol cannot be removed from the body normally). Simvastatin is in a class of medications called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins). It works by slowing the production of cholesterol in the body to decrease the amount of cholesterol that may build up on the walls of the arteries and block blood flow to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body. Accumulation of cholesterol and fats along the walls of your arteries (a process known as atherosclerosis) decreases blood flow and, therefore, the oxygen supply to your heart, brain, and other parts of your body. Lowering your blood level of cholesterol and fats with simvastatin has been shown to prevent heart disease, angina (chest pain), strokes, and heart attacks.

Simvastatin is a medication used to treat high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Simvastatin belongs to a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (or statins). Simvastatin can also be referred to as a lipid lowering medication which means it lowers cholesterol. Simvastatin is a generic medication also available under the trade name Zocor produced by Merck & Co. Simvastatin was released in the late 1980s and became available as a generic medication in 2006. It is one of the most common cholesterol lowering drugs.

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Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.

Take the medicine in the evening, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Oral liquid: Take this medicine on the evening, on an empty stomach.Shake the oral suspension well for at least 20 seconds before using it.Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.

Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to simvastatin, if you are pregnant, or if you have active liver disease.

This medicine may cause the following problems:Severe muscle problems (including myopathy, immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy), especially when used with other medicinesRhabdomyolysis (severe muscle weakness) that could lead to kidney damageLiver problems

Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using this medicine several days before you have surgery or medical tests.

Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

Do not breastfeed during treatment with this medicine.

Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, blood vessel disease, low blood pressure, seizures, or a history of stroke or heart disease. Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol regularly or have a history of liver disease. Tell your doctor if you are Chinese or have Chinese ancestry.

Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Do not use this medicine together with boceprevir, clarithromycin, cobicistat, cyclosporine, danazol, erythromycin, gemfibrozil, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, posaconazole, telaprevir, telithromycin, voriconazole, or medicines to treat HIV/AIDS (including darunavir/ritonavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir).

Do not use this medicine together with niacin if you are Chinese or have Chinese ancestry.

Some foods and medicines can affect how simvastatin works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:Amiodarone, colchicine, daptomycin, digoxin, dronedarone, lomitapide, niacin (vitamin B3), ranolazineBlood pressure medicine (including amlodipine, diltiazem, verapamil)Blood thinner (including warfarin)Fibrate medicine

Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.

  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
  • Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Fast or uneven heartbeat, trouble breathing
  • Fever, chills, cough, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, body aches
  • Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
  • Constipation
  • Headache
Frequently Asked Questions

Simvastatin is a statin medication used to used to treat adults and children with high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels in the body. This medication is used with proper diet and exercise and comes in tablet form. Use of Simvastatin may lower the risk of stroke, heart attacks, and other conditions. Simvastatin is safe to use in children 10 years and older.

A similar brand name drug to Simvastatin is Zocor. Consult with your doctor for more information about these drugs and to determine the best treatment for you.

The average Simvastatin price without insurance ranges from between about $9 and $504, depending on dosage, supply needed, and pharmacy location.

Simvastatin is a generic drug. A similar brand-name drug is Zocor. Our free coupon may be used for savings on Simvastatin and alternative brand-name drugs for savings of up to 80%.

Simvastatin tablets are available in the following strengths: 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, and 80 mg. Follow your doctor's instructions for dosage and use of this medication.

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