Zocor and Simvador
Simvastatin belongs to a class of drugs known as statins- which are chemically known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. HMG-CoA reductase makes cholesterol and as the medicine works on this enzyme, your cholesterol levels are controlled.
Simvastatin is used to lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body
With the decrease in cholesterol, risks of atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke are also reduced.
You should know the dosage, side effects, drug interactions and precautions before taking the drug. Consume the tablet as exactly advised by your doctor.
Simvastatin is taken orally with a glass of water before or after food, preferably during evening.
The most common side effects include muscle pain, headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhoea, stomach pain, indigestion, forgetfulness, etc. Simvastatin is also known to affect normal functioning of liver, breakdown of muscle cells called (rhabdomyolysis), increase of serum glucose and memory loss.
Adverse reactions from Simvastatin include severe allergy and rashes over skin and around mouth accompanied by shortness of breath. Report your doctor immediately on noticing abnormality.
Your doctor will take special care before prescribing to children below 10 years old or children (both boys and girls) who haven’t reached their puberty
Simvastatin is used very cautiously in old people, especially if above 65 years.
Simvastatin is not given to pregnant women or those planning for pregnancy, because cholesterol is a key component required for fetal development.
Simvastatin is not recommended to lactating mothers as the medicine is passed onto breast milk which is potentially harmful for the infant
Never take extra dose. However, you can take the missed dose if you remember immediately, otherwise skip the missed dose and resume the next schedule.
Call your doctor immediately
This is an extended release tablet and is available as 5, 10, 20, 40 and 80 mg tablets. The dosage form differs from one individual to another which depends on the patient’s age, medical condition, and response/adverse effects to treatment.
The treatment is usually initiated with 5, 10 to 20 mg tablet once a day in the evening with food. The dosing may be increased with severity of risk facts of having coronary artery disease and may be used in combination with other lipid lowering drugs.
Should be stored at room temperature in a cool and dry place, out of reach of children.
Ask your doctor if it’s safe to drive as you would experience dizziness
Do not give your medicine to anyone
Follow the diet plan and other changes in lifestyle as recommended by your doctor
Never stop taking the pill without asking your doctor
Always consult your doctor if you have any doubts or sense any abnormality
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: December 26, 2014
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