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Simvastatin belongs to a group of drugs known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors or statins. Simvastatin is used to lower blood levels of bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol, while it is also effective in lowering triglycerides. This medicine is also used for lowering the risk of heart attack, stroke as well as other complications associated with the heart in people suffering from diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Simvastatin cholesterol medicine is used by adults and children who are above the age group of 10 years old.
Simvastatin generic drug is available in the brand name of Zocor. Therefore, when you are using Simvastatin medicine it is very important to have a proper diet as well as make other lifestyle changes such as losing weight if overweight, stopping smoking as well as regular exercising so that this medicine can work more effectually.
Take Simvastatin cholesterol medicine by mouth exactly in the same manner as directed by your doctor, mainly once in the evening every day. If you are using Simvastatin tablets then you can take it with or without the food.
Take this medicine on an empty stomach, if you are using the liquid form of Simvastatin medication. Before each dose, it is very important to shake the bottle well for at least 20 seconds. Once you shake the bottle, measure the medicine with the help of a special measuring device or spoon. There are chances that you won’t get the right dose if you use the household spoon for measuring.
This medicine is available in different strengths 5mg, 10mg, 20mg and 50mg, so the doctor is going to prescribe you this medicine as per your medical condition and your body response to the medical treatment. Tell your doctor about all the products that you are using be, it a prescription, non-prescription drugs and herbal products.
The usual maximum dose of Simvastatin medicine is 40 milligrams per day. But you need to continue on the same dose if your doctor has prescribed you to take this medicine more than 40mg. Make sure that you discuss with your doctor about the risks and benefits that are associated with your Simvastatin high dose.
Do not increase your dose or take Simvastatin more often than recommended by your doctor. By increasing the dose or taking it more often is not going to improve your condition faster rather it will increase the risk of side effects.
You need to take this medicine regularly if you want to get the most benefit from it. Take Simvastatin tablets at the same time daily so that you remember to take it. Even if you start feeling well after a few days, it is important for you to continue your Simvastatin 10 mg tablet.
The moment you remember take the missed dose. But if it’s time for your next dose then don’t take the missed dose because two doses should not be taken at the same time.
Do not eat grapefruit or grapefruit juice during your Simvastatin cholesterol medication until and unless your doctor tells you. Grapefruit is known to increase the amount of this medicine in your bloodstream.
Also, avoid drinking alcohol as well as eat foods that are high in fat or cholesterol because this medicine will not work effectively in lowering down the bad cholesterol levels.
Stop taking Simvastatin 5mg, 10mg, 20mg and 50mg if you are allergic to it or if you are breast-feeding or pregnant. You should also not use Simvastatin tablets if you are suffering from active liver disease.
There are some drugs that can increase your risk for severe muscle problems if you take them along with this medicine. Drugs like Amiodarone, Danazol, Nefazodone, antibiotic, antifungal medication, hepatitis C medications, HIV/AIDS medication, Fenofibrate, Cyclosporine and gemfibrozil should not be taken with this medication.
Before you start using Simvastatin, inform you doctor well in advance if you are using lomitapide or heart medication.
In order to ensure that Simvastatin tablets are safe for you, do tell your doctor if you have ever suffered from or suffering from liver disease, diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid or intake more than two alcoholic beverages per day.
Simvastatin tablets should not be used during pregnancy as it can harm the unborn baby. While taking this medication, it is crucial to prevent pregnancy so make use of reliable forms of birth control.
It is not clear whether this medicine passes into breast milk or not. Usage of this drug is not recommended during breastfeeding as it has a possible risk to the infant.
Some of the common side effects of this medicine are headache, nausea, stuffy nose, stomach pain and constipation. You need to contact your doctor immediately if you come across any signs of an allergic reaction to Simvastatin medication like hives, difficulty in breathing and swelling of face, lips and throat.
Get the emergency help immediately if find signs of kidney problems like little or no urinating, feeling tired, swelling in your feet or ankles & short of breath. Also inform your doctor if you come across liver problems such as clay-coloured stools, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine and nausea.
The cholesterol medicine simvastatin is known to work by decreasing the amount of cholesterol which is made by your liver. It lowers the bad cholesterol level and triglycerides and raises the good cholesterol level in your body.
Drug interaction can help in changing how your medication works while it can also increase the risk for side effects. There are total 243 drugs that interact with Simvastatin.
50 major drug interactions
183 moderate drug interactions
10 minor drug interactions
Some of the drugs that interact with Simvastatin tablets are Amlodipine, Atorvastatin, Cymbalta, etc.
Do not take any red yeast rice products while you are taking Simvastatin tablets as they contain a statin called lovastatin which often increase the risk for serious muscles as well as liver problems.
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