Drug Class: Statins
Preparations: Tablets of 5, 10, 20, 40, and 80 mg.
Prescribed for: Simvastatin (Zocor) is used for reducing total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, and for increasing HDL cholesterol in patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes, peripheral vessel disease, or history of stroke or other cerebrovascular disease.
Side effects: The most common side effects of simvastatin (Zocor) are headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, muscle pain, heartburn, gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, headache, joint pain, skin rash, sleep problems (insomnia), cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat), and abnormal liver tests. Hypersensitivity reactions have also been reported. The most serious potential side effects are liver damage and muscle inflammation or breakdown.