What is Zocor (Simvastatin) used for?
The use of Zocor (Simvastatin) and a proper diet will lower the amount of "bad" cholesterol and fats (such as LDL, triglycerides) in the bloodstream and raise the amount of "good" cholesterol (HDL). This drug belongs to the statin class of drugs. Uncontrolled high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. It reduces liver cholesterol production. Cardiovascular disease is reduced when "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides are lower and "good" cholesterol is raised. Exercising, losing weight if overweight, and quitting smoking may help this medication work long term, in addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low cholesterol/low-fat diet).
Frequently Asked Questions About Zocor (Simvastatin)
This medication is usually taken once a day in the evening, as directed by your doctor. The tablet form may be taken with or without food.
Taking this medication on an empty stomach is recommended if you are taking it in a liquid form.
There is no set dosage for this medication, but it depends on your medical condition, reaction to treatment, age, and other medications you are taking. Tell your pharmacist and doctor about all the products you are taking (including prescription medications, non-prescription medications, and herbal remedies).
The medication may cause serious side effects if you increase the dose or take it more often than directed. You will not see any improvement in your condition if you take more medication than prescribed.
Unless prescribed otherwise by your doctor, do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking Zocor. Taking this medication with grapefruit may increase its concentration in your bloodstream which results in a higher risk of side effects. Call your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Taking it regularly at the same time each day will ensure you get the most benefit from it. The medication should be taken even if you feel well. High cholesterol and triglycerides are not typically associated with sickness.
Diet and exercise should be followed as directed by your doctor. This drug may take up to 4 weeks to fully benefit you.
The most commonly reported side effects of Zocor (Simvastatin) include:
- Skin Rash
- Tenderness, or Weakness with Fever or Flu Symptoms
- Muscle Pain
- Mild Memory Problems or Confusion
- Increased Hunger or Thirst
- Muscle Pain
- Allergic Reactions (Shortness of Breath, Rash, Swelling)
- Sleep Problems (Insomnia)
- Dark Colored Urine
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Painful Urination
- Muscle Pain
- Joint Pain
- Stomach Pain
- Weight Gain
There are other side effects that may occur that are not listed on this page.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects if you find them manageable. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness or the signs and symptoms of liver problems or liver disease.
Few known Drug Interactions of (Simvastatin) are listed below:
- Nexium (Esomeprazole)
- Zoloft (Sertraline)
- Norvasc (Amlodipine)
- Tylenol (Acetaminophen)
- Cymbalta (Duloxetine)
- Xanax (Alprazolam)
- Prilosec (Omeprazole)
- Protonix (Pantoprazole)
- Aspirin Low Strength (Aspirin)
- Plavix (Clopidogrel)
- Lasix (Furosemide)
- Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)
- Synthroid (Levothyroxine)
A complete list of Zocor (Simvastatin) Drug Interactions is not available on this page.
Consult your physician if you have any questions about this medicine's drug interactions.
Starting price of Zocor 10mg cost in Canada
- 28 tabs - $108.15 USD ($3.86 per tabs)
- 56 tabs - $210.00 USD ($3.75 per tabs)
- 84 tabs - $302.40 USD ($3.60 per tabs)
Starting price of Simvastatin 5mg cost in Canada
- 10 tabs - $10.50 USD ($1.05 per tabs)
- 30 tabs - $10.50 USD ($0.35 per tabs)
- 60 tabs - $21.00 USD ($0.35 per tabs)
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