- What is Zocor drug?
- Is Zocor available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for Zocor?
- Why is Zocor prescribed to patients?
- What are the side effects of Zocor?
- What is the dosage for Zocor?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with Zocor?
- Is Zocor safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about Zocor?
What is Zocor?
Is Zocor available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for Zocor?
Why is Zocor prescribed to patients?
- Simvastatin is used for reducing total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, and for increasing HDL cholesterol.
- In patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or history of stroke or other cerebrovascular disease, simvastatin is prescribed for reducing the risk of mortality by reducing death from coronary heart disease, reducing nonfatal myocardial infarction (heart attack) and stroke, and reducing the need for coronary and noncoronary revascularization procedures.
What are the side effects of Zocor?
The most common side effects of simvastatin are:
- abdominal pain,
- muscle pain, and
- abnormal liver tests.
- Hypersensitivity reactions
Other side effects include:
What are the more serious side effects of Zocor?
- The most serious potential side effects are liver damage and muscle inflammation or breakdown. Simvastatin shares side effects, such as liver and muscle damage associated with all statins. Serious liver damage caused by statins is rare. More often, statins cause abnormalities of liver tests. Abnormal tests usually return to normal even if a statin is continued, but if the abnormal test value is greater than three times the upper limit of normal, the statin usually is stopped. Liver tests should be measured before simvastatin is started and if there is a medical concern about liver damage thereafter.
- Inflammation of the muscles caused by statins can lead to a serious breakdown of muscle cells called rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis causes the release of muscle protein (myoglobin) into the blood. Myoglobin can cause kidney failure and even death. When used alone, statins cause rhabdomyolysis in less than one percent of patients. To prevent the development of rhabdomyolysis, patients taking simvastatin should contact their health care professional immediately if they develop unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or muscle tenderness.
- Statins have been associated with increases in HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels as are seen in diabetes.
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