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A 42-year-old member asked:

can the drug simvastatin work very quickly?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Cholesterol: The drug begins working within hours of absorption but it is weeks to begin to see the lipids begin to decrease.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
Yes: It should have it maximum effect on lipids over a period of 3-6 weeks.

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A 58-year-old female asked:

Does candy and pop have triglycerideshow can I keep them down.I'm taking 40 milligram of zocor (simvastatin).?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Triglycerides: Soda does not contain triglycerides, and most candies also do not. They do make the triglycerides in your body go up however. Triglycerides are a combination of a fat backbone with sugars attached to it. When your sugars go up, triglycerides go up. If triglycerides are a problem for you, i suspect your sugar is also an issue. Stop eating sugary snacks. Eat a plant based diet. Read diabesity.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Side effects of simvastatin to look for?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Side effects: The commonest side effects are muscle pain and damage. Rarely rhabdomyolysis, lysis if muscle cells may occur and is a serious issue. Other side effects include liver damage. Gastro-intestinal disorders like constipation, diarrhea, skin rashes, precipitation of diabetes mellitus and neurologic problems like memory loss.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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Dec 13, 2017
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of simvastatin?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Statins: This class of compounds is used to lower elevated levels of fats in the body. Common side effects include abdominal pain, diarrhea, indigestion, and a general feeling of weakness. Rare side effects include joint pain, memory loss, and muscle cramps. Cholestatic hepatitis, hepatic cirrhosis, rhabdomyolysis and myositis have been reported in patients receiving the drug chronically.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of zocor (simvastatin) like?

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Dr. Terrence Cohen
Cardiology 46 years experience
Usually none: Usually none. Some people report muscle aches or weakness, and some report memory impairment. The majority of these reports turn out not to be from the medication. There are a very small number of potentially life-threatening reactions when muscle cells break down threatening kidney damage. The benefits of cholesterol lowering greatly outweigh the risks for most people.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to stop taking zocor (simvastatin) once you have started?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
Maybe: Depending on where you started from and how much cholesterol lowering is needed based on risk factors etc. Speak with your doctor.

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