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    Simvastatin

    Information about Simvastatin

    Simvastatin uses

    Simvastatin is used in the treatment of high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

    How simvastatin works

    Simvastatin is a lipid-lowering medication (statin). It works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. It thus lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL).

    Common side effects of simvastatin

    Headache, Stomach pain, Constipation, Feeling sick, Muscle pain, Weakness, Dizziness, Increased glucose level in blood

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    Expert advice for Simvastatin

    • Simvastatin lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL). It helps prevent heart attack and stroke.
    • Simvastatin prevents one death in every 50 patients with heart disease treated over 4 to 5 years.
    • It is better to take in the evening.
    • In general, Simvastatin is safe. It may cause digestive problems like diarrhoea, gas. If any of these happen to you, take it with food.
    • Notify your doctor if you are more tired than usual, do not feel hungry, or if you have yellow eyes, skin or dark urine.
    • Notify your doctor if you experience muscle symptoms (pain or weakness), particularly if you have fever, a sick feeling or dark urine.
    • Regular exercise and low-fat diet further help to lower levels of fat in the blood.

    Frequently asked questions for Simvastatin

    Simvastatin

    Q. What should I know about high cholesterol?

    Cholesterol is a type of fat present in your blood. Your total cholesterol is made up of LDL and HDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is called “bad” cholesterol as it can build up in the wall of your blood vessels and slow or obstruct blood flow to your heart, brain, and other organs. This can cause heart diseases and stroke. HDL cholesterol is called “good” cholesterol as it prevents the bad cholesterol from building up in the blood vessels. Triglycerides also are harmful fats found in your blood.

    Q. Is simvastatin a blood thinner or a beta blocker or steroid or diuretic or is it a statin or does simvastatin thin your blood?

    No, simvastatin is a statin (lipid-lowering agents) or HMG CoA reductase inhibitors

    Q. Is simvastatin the same as Lipitor (atorvastatin) or Crestor (rosuvastatin) or pravastatin?

    No, although it belongs to same group of medications called statins

    Q. Can I take simvastatin with ibuprofen or lisinopril?

    No results found for any interaction of simvastatin with ibuprofen or lisinopril, but always consult with your doctor before taking this medication

    Q. Can I take antibiotics or clarithromycin or amoxicillin or erythromycin or amlodipine or aspirin with simvastatin?

    No, do not take antibiotics or clarithromycin or amoxicillin or erythromycin or amlodipine or aspirin with simvastatin, because they interact with each other

    Q. Does Simvastatin cause hair loss or dry mouth or hair loss or constipation or diabetes or depression or it makes you high?

    No. Simvastatin does not cause hair loss or dry mouth or hair loss or constipation or diabetes or depression and it is not addictive

    Q. Does Simvastatin cause joint pain or makes you tired?

    Yes, sometimes Simvastatin may cause joint pain or make you tired.

    Content on this page was last updated on 04 January, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)