Q. What should I know about high cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a type of fat present in your blood. Total cholesterol is determined by the total amount of LDL and HDL cholesterol in the body. LDL cholesterol is called “bad” cholesterol. Bad cholesterol 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 disease and stroke. HDL cholesterol is called “good” cholesterol as it prevents the bad cholesterol from building up in the blood vessels. High levels of triglycerides are also harmful to you.
Q. Can Zovator cause muscle problems or muscle injury?
Yes, taking Zovator can cause muscle problems or muscle injury. This is because of the reduced oxygen supply to the muscle cells which leads to fatigue, muscle pain, tenderness or muscle weakness. The soreness may be significant enough to interfere with your daily activities. Do not take it lightly and consult your doctor to know about ways to prevent this and to avoid making it worse.
Q. Is Zovator used for lowering cholesterol?
Zovator belongs to a group of medicines known as statins, which lowers the level of lipids or fats. Zovator is used to lower lipids known as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood when low-fat diet and lifestyle changes fail to lower the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. If you are at an increased risk of heart disease, Zovator can also be used to reduce such risk even if your cholesterol levels are normal. You should maintain a standard cholesterol-lowering diet during treatment.
Q. Can Zovator be prescribed to children?
Zovator is for adults and children aged 10 years or more whose cholesterol levels do not come down enough with exercise and a low-fat diet. It is not approved for use in patients younger than 10 years old.
Q. Is Zovator a blood thinner?
No, Zovator is not a blood thinner. It is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It works by slowing down the production of cholesterol in the body. This further decreases the amount of cholesterol that may build up on the walls of the arteries and block blood flow to the part of the body. By lowering the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides it prevents the chances of stroke and heart attack.
Q. Will taking Zovator increase my risk of diabetes?
If you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, taking Zovator may increase this risk slightly. This is because Zovator can raise your blood sugar a little. If you already have type 2 diabetes, your doctor may advise monitoring your blood sugar levels more closely for the first few months. Tell your doctor if you find it harder to control your blood sugar.
Q. For how long do I need to take Zovator? Is it safe for long-term use?
You may need to take Zovator life long or for the duration prescribed by your doctor. The benefits will only continue for as long as you take it. If you stop taking Zovator without starting a different treatment, your cholesterol levels may rise again. It is considered to be safe and has few side effects if taken as directed by the doctor.
Q. Does Zovator cause weight loss?
No, Zovator has not been reported to cause weight loss. However, weight gain has been reported as an uncommon side effect. Please consult your doctor if you experience weight loss while taking Zovator.
Q. Can I stop taking Zovator?
No, you should not stop taking Zovator without consulting your doctor. If you think that Zovator is causing side effects, you should consult your doctor who may accordingly lower your dose or change your medicine.
Q. Can I take alcohol with Zovator?
No, it is not advised to take alcohol with Zovator. This is because the risk of developing liver problems increases if you drink alcohol while taking this medicine. Moreover, there is a significant increase in the triglyceride levels if Zovator is taken along with alcohol. This can further lead to liver damage and also worsen some of the side effects such as muscle pain, muscle weakness and tenderness. People with liver problems are therefore advised, not to take Zovator without consulting the doctor. They should also refrain from consuming alcohol while taking this medicine to get maximum benefit.
Q. Does Zovator cause memory loss?
Memory loss may occur with Zovator in very rare cases. This is generally non-serious and may occur as early as 1 day or may take years to appear. These symptoms may disappear within about 3 weeks of discontinuing Rosuvas. However, you should consult your doctor if you experience this side effect as it could be due to some other reason.
Q. When should I take Zovator?
Zovator is generally taken once a day. It can be taken in the morning or night or at any time of the day, with or without food. Try taking this medicine at the same time every day to help remember when to take it.
Q. Does Zovator make you tired?
Yes, Zovator can make you feel tired. This is because they reduce the energy supply to the muscles in the body. However, the exact reason behind the phenomena is unknown and needs more research. Tiredness usually occurs after exertion. Generalized fatigue is more often seen in people with heart disease or those suffering from liver illness. Zovator also causes muscle damage which further worsens the tiredness. So, you must consult your doctor if you feel tired while taking Zovator.
Q. What are the most common side effects of Zovator?
The common side effects of Zovator include nausea, indigestion, constipation, flatulence, diarrhea, headache, and aches and pains in your back and joints. It may also cause nosebleeds, sore throat, and cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, blocked nose or sneezing.