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What is Simvastatin?

Simvastatin is a drug prescribed to help lower the amount of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides in the blood, as well as to increase the amount of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). It is part of a drug group known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, also known as statins.

Sold under the brand name Zocor, it is available in tablet or capsule form.

Uses for Simvastatin

Simvastatin is used to treat people with high cholesterol, and also to decrease the risk of stroke, heart attack and other heart conditions in people who suffer from diabetes, coronary heart disease and other conditions.

Simvastatin is most commonly used in adults, and is not for use on children under the age of 10. It should be taken only as directed by a doctor, as serious complications can occur. For those with prior conditions or who are taking additional medications, be sure to disclose all medical information to your doctor, as simvastatin can cause reactions alongside other mediations.

Possible Side Effects of Simvastatin

Side effects of simvastatiin include allergic reaction (which presents with swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat, hives and difficulty breathing), unusual muscle weakness, tenderness or pain, fever, fatigue, darkened urine, pain or burning while urinating, decrease or increase in urination, swelling, nausea, stomach pain, appetite loss, clay-colored stools, jaundice and more.

Less severe side effects include headache, joint and muscle pain, constipation, indigestion, sleep problems, cold symptoms (sneezing, sore throat and stuffy nose) and more. Seek medical attention immediately if serious side effects occur, and report any mild side effects or unusual physical or behavioral changes to your doctor.

Warnings About Simvastatin

The information listed here regarding simvastatin is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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