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Doctor insights on: Can I Take Flaxseed Oil Along With Simvastatin For Lowering My Cholesterol

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Flaxseed (Definition)

The seed of the flax plant is very high in omega 3 fatty acids which are beneficial for health. They are most nutritious if 1-2 t are soaked in 2-4 t of water and blended into a drink or added into food. Ground flaxseeds are a nutritious source of fiber that can be added to food. They come as golden or brown. Their nutty taste make a delicious addition to foods ...Read more


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Cholesterol is 40hdl 50tr 85ldl, I take 3gs of fish oil, 1200mgs of ryr, 2000 of niacin and 40simivastin, should I let dr no I want 2 quit simivastin?

Cholesterol is 40hdl 50tr 85ldl, I take 3gs of fish oil, 1200mgs of ryr, 2000 of niacin and 40simivastin, should I let dr no I want 2 quit simivastin?

Yes- stop RYR too!: Of course tell your doctor! Try stopping both simvistatin & red yeast rice as that also has statins, then get your lipids rechecked in a 3 months, including LDL subparticles. Also ask your doc to check cardiac CRP & homocysteine. I believe you will be better off without statins! See http://www. Cbn. Com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/october/cholesterol-myth-what-really-causes-heart-disease/ & comment:. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of simvastatin does it really help lower cholesterol?

What are the side effects of simvastatin does it really help lower cholesterol?

Side effects and Yes: 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.
Yes, it does help in lowering cholesterol. ...Read more

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I have xanthomas and I am using simvastatin since one month. My cholesterol level is 198 and I am 28 years old. How long I should take this medicine??

I have xanthomas and I am using simvastatin since one month. My cholesterol level is 198 and I am 28 years old. How long I should take this medicine??

Xantomas: Xanthomas are a marker o familial hyperlipidemia. this places you at significant risk for future cardiovascular events and based on your LDL cholesterol number you should be on long standing statin therapy. Unfortunately statin use is contraindicated in women of childbearing age and considered unsafe for use during pregnancy. if you are considering more children you need alternate therapy ...Read more

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What natural alternatives are there to simvastatin to lower cholesterol, e.G. Coenzyme q10?

What natural alternatives are there to simvastatin to lower cholesterol, e.G. Coenzyme q10?

Generally speaking: If you need significant cholesterol lowering diet alone is oten not enough. Diet and exercise are important parts of the treatment. Unfortunately there are no effective natural remedies. That is why medications are needed as they have been proven safe and effective when used properly. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about it's like to take zocor (simvastatin) or similar cholesterol lowering drugs and experienced chronic cough 2 months later?

Can you tell me about it's like to take zocor (simvastatin) or similar cholesterol lowering drugs and experienced chronic cough 2 months later?

Go see your doctor: Zocor (simvastatin) & other statins are not associated w/chronic cough, at least not to same extent as ACE inhibitors, which are used to lower blood pressure and protect heart & kidneys. Statins are more commonly linked to unexplained muscle pain/weakness. Regardless, if you suspect that you're suffering from side effect, go see prescribing doc. In meantime, check out WSJ's http://goo. Gl/sy78hq ...Read more

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My cholesterol is elevated, is it advisable for me to take zocor (simvastatin)? How much milligram do I need to take? Thankyou and more power!

Yes: Being diabetic at your age you need to be more proactive and aggressive in lowering your risk factors including lowering your cholesterol but you have to let your doctor help you. ...Read more

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My cholesterol is elevated, it is advisable for me to take zocor (simvastatin)? How much milligram should I am going to take? Thank you and more power!

Check: With your physician who ordered the test. Yes, you should be taking one of the statin drugs to normalize cholesterol levels. You should also make sure your diabetes is well controlled as you want to keep your arteries healthy, exercise needs to be incorporated in your life and watch your weight! ...Read more

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Hi, I have hi cholesterol, diabetes, and erectile dysfunction, I take simvastatin and insulin is it bad if I take niacin to increase my hdl.?

Hi, I have hi cholesterol, diabetes, and erectile dysfunction, I take simvastatin and insulin is it bad if I take niacin to increase my hdl.?

No: Otc Niacin can cause mild increase in sugar- not significant in someone already on insulin.

Best form to take is prescription Niaspan (niacin) which after 3 months has no significant increase in sugars.

Safe to take either with simvastatin. ...Read more

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How will facelift surgery affect my high blood pressure? I currently take high blood pressure (metoprolol) and cholesterol (zocor) medication. I am thinking about a facelift surgery to make me look a bit younger. Is my medication regimen going to effect r

How will facelift surgery affect my high blood pressure? I currently take high blood pressure (metoprolol) and cholesterol (zocor) medication. I am thinking about a facelift surgery to make me look a bit younger. Is my medication regimen going to effect r

Control is key.: Many facelift patients have high blood pressure. The key is that the blood pressure is controlled with adequate medications. Consult your cardiologist, and have them coordinate with your board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed me 40mg simvastatin and fish oil/omega 3 4x's a day to help lower my triglyl. Levels. Does this seem efficient since I'm only 18?

My doctor prescribed me 40mg simvastatin and fish oil/omega 3 4x's a day to help lower my triglyl. Levels. Does this seem efficient since I'm only 18?

Seems ok: What medication your doctor recommends depends on a combination of factors he/she assesses. That is a commonly used and safe combination. One of the most potent ways to reduce triglycerides is diet, exercise and weight loss. ...Read more

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Ast is high 120 and ALT is normal 48, taking januvia (sitagliptin), metformin, losartan, simvastatin, fish oil, baby aspirin. Why my AST is high &how to lower ast?

Ast is high 120 and ALT is normal 48, taking januvia (sitagliptin), metformin, losartan, simvastatin, fish oil, baby aspirin. Why my AST is high &how to lower ast?

Alcohol or diet: There are many causes of an abnormal ast but the most likely is drinking too much alcohol. If the alt were also high then fatty liver caused by overweight would be more likely. There are also rarer additional causes like gallstones, pancreatic disease, viral infection, medication, and immune hepatitis. Best to discuss with your md or a liver specialist. ...Read more

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Is 208 high for cholesterol it was the same 8 months ago what should I try instead of zocor (simvastatin)

Is 208 high for cholesterol it was the same 8 months ago what should I try instead of zocor (simvastatin)

A: A more important number to know is the LDL (bad cholesterol) and the HDL (good cholesterol). If the HDL is high and the LDL is low then you may not need to change medications. Also you may just need a larger dose of zocor (simvastatin).
You should go over the results and plan with your doctor.
Take care. ...Read more

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What is a better cholesterol lowering medicine? Lipitor (atorvastatin) or simvastatin?

What is a better cholesterol lowering medicine? Lipitor (atorvastatin) or simvastatin?

Lipitor (atorvastatin) is stronger: Lipitor (atorvastatin) and now generic Atorvastatin is 'stronger' on a mg to mg basis compared to simvastatin, meaning it lowers the cholesterol 20-30% more than simvastatin. ...Read more

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Which are side effects of simvastatin for the cholesterol?

Which are side effects of simvastatin for the cholesterol?

All Relatively Rare: Cholesterol (↓$, but misleading): a fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), fundamental to survival of every animal cell. Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl ≤700 nmol/l, HDL ≥45 µmol/l). Study: nusi. Org, lustig. ...Read more

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Is zocor (simvastatin) effective for lowering cholesterol?

Is zocor (simvastatin) effective for lowering cholesterol?

Yes: Go to this site for more info.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0000911/. ...Read more

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My last 2 cholesterol check up have been good with a score of 167 do I still need to be on simvastatin?

My last 2 cholesterol check up have been good with a score of 167 do I still need to be on simvastatin?

Probably Not.: First, check thyroid function (incl., rt3, total t4, t3ria, and antibodies). Second, get a vap test and check lp (a), an inherited risk factor for blood fats that can only be corrected with niacin. Third, all drugs (incl., simvastatin) have side-effects (e.g., muscle pains). Get the tests done and, depending on outcome, weigh risk vs benefits. If you make a change then repeat vap test in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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The side effects of simvastatin for high cholesterol are what?

The side effects of simvastatin for high cholesterol are what?

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. ...Read more

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If I stop simvastatin for a few weeks to see if it could be affecting my blood sugar level, should there be any problem? My cholesterol is only 175.

If I stop simvastatin for a few weeks to see if it could be affecting my blood sugar level, should there be any problem? My cholesterol is only 175.

Minor glucose effect: Simvastatin can have a minor effect on increasing blood sugar, but it is easy to correct with your diabetes medication. Allowing your cholesterol to increase in the mean time is a mistake. The longer you allow it to be elevated, the more damage it can do. ...Read more

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I have slightly high cholesterol female 51 yrs old. I regularly exercise eat fairly healthy. Simvastatins caused aches pains & welchor no good please ad?

I have slightly high cholesterol female 51 yrs old. I regularly exercise eat fairly healthy. Simvastatins caused aches pains & welchor no good please ad?

Eat less animal fat: For slightly high cholesterol, you can change your diet by decreasing your carbs and dairy intake since that seems to be a bigger source of animal fat for women than eating beef/pork and can change your ldl. Also, adding exercise, fiber through more plants, red yeast rice found in canada since they still have the statin like part, and cholestoff found at drug stores. Also use coq10 before statin. ...Read more

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Would like to check cholesterol/trigs using a home kit before seeing doc in 6 mos.; on simvastatin 20mg (age 48). Any recommendations?

Would like to check cholesterol/trigs using a home kit before seeing doc in 6 mos.; on simvastatin 20mg (age 48). Any recommendations?

No harm in it...: The test may not be as accurate as a blood test done at the lab. Also, it only gives you a signle number. Total cholesterol.
There are few other components of the cholesterol testing in medical practice. These are quite important in determining the effectiveness of the medication. Some med increase good cholesterol, others lower it. Thus, you need to full profile. In the lab. ...Read more

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I'm 22yrs old and have been prescribed simvastatin. What is the typical cholesterol level woman my age start this prescription and what are side effects?

I'm 22yrs old and have been prescribed simvastatin. What is the typical cholesterol level woman my age start this prescription and what are side effects?

See below: The issue is best addressed with the doctor who prescribed the medication. See this for information about this drug.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a692030.html. ...Read more

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Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) for high cholesterol? Does it help?

Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) for high cholesterol? Does it help?

Yes and no: It helped a little in lowering cholesterol but had no effect on adverse cardiac outcomes. So, as far as effectiveness of the drug is concerned, it did not prove to be successful. ...Read more

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Can you tell me generic there a medicine to simcor, (simvastatin and niacin) or a similar medicine to treat my cholesterol?

Can you tell me generic there a medicine to simcor, (simvastatin and niacin) or a similar medicine to treat my cholesterol?

No: There are quite a few brands of Fenofibrate but to my knowledge there is no true generic. Depending upon your specific cholesterol abnormality, there might be other choices, but you'd need to review this with your doctor in light of the specific abnormality that is being treated. ...Read more

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My LDL is 227 and total cholesterol is 285. Hdl and triglycerides are both normal. Is this very dangerous? I'm worried. I'm taking simvastatin.

My LDL is 227 and total cholesterol is 285. Hdl and triglycerides are both normal. Is this very dangerous? I'm worried. I'm taking simvastatin.

High cholesterol: You may have a condition known as familial hypercholesterolemia. This is more likely if you have family members who have had heart disease at an early age. You should talk to your provider about ways to lower your LDL cholesterol to prevent heart problems in the future. ...Read more

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For cad, which low dose of statin you use if you have perfect cholesterol numbers tc 93 tg 96& LDL 42. Pravachool, lipitor, (atorvastatin) or simvastatin. What dose?

For cad, which low dose of statin you use if you have perfect cholesterol numbers tc 93 tg 96& LDL 42. Pravachool, lipitor, (atorvastatin) or simvastatin. What dose?

May not need: With those numbers, you may not need a statin. The ncep atp-3 goals are all met by you, even if you are at high risk, which would be an LDL less than 70. Keep up the good work, save your money and continue your diet, it appears to be working. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Blase Carabello
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Simvastatin (Definition)

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Lowers risk of heart attack, stroke, and certain blood vessel problems in people with certain risk factors. This medicine is an hmg-coa reductase inhibitor, ...Read more


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Zocor (Definition)

Zocor is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more