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I have been advised to receive 20 mg. Of pravachol (pravastatin) daily. I was previously on zocor (simvastatin). Which medicine is safer as to side effects?

I have been advised to receive 20 mg. Of pravachol (pravastatin) daily.  I was previously on zocor (simvastatin).  Which medicine is safer as to side effects?

Neither: They're very similar in structure, efficacy, and safety/side effect profile. But because they are slightly different, one may be better for you than the other.
Your doctor should be monitoring your progress on these meds. ...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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Which medicine (10 mg of pravachol (pravastatin) or 10 mg simvastatin) is safer and tolerated while taking 5 mg of amlodipine (ccb) at night.Thanks?

Which medicine (10 mg of pravachol (pravastatin) or 10 mg  simvastatin) is safer and tolerated while taking 5 mg of amlodipine  (ccb)  at night.Thanks?

Pravostatin maybe: There is an interaction between amlodipine and statin drugs which can cause a breakdown in muscle tissues. It is more common with Simvastatin than pravachol (pravastatin). The recommendations say Simvastatin dose should be 20mg or less if taking amlodipine. So both of your choices are ok. But assume risk slightly higher with simvastatin. Note Simvastatin maybe more effective in lowering cholesterol. ...Read more

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I am taking simvastatin + beta blocker in the evening. It was ok, but pravachol (pravastatin) 10 mg + 5 mg amlodipine in the eveninggives nausea, fatigue and muscle pain. Any adjustments.?

I am taking simvastatin + beta blocker in the evening. It was ok, but pravachol (pravastatin) 10 mg + 5 mg amlodipine in the eveninggives nausea, fatigue and muscle pain. Any adjustments.?

Hard to know: Without knowing more information, it's hard to explain what is happening to you. I recommend going back to your doctor and let them know. You could take the medication at different time of the day or go back to the original regimen. Your current doctor would be the best to answer this question. ...Read more

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Pravachol (pravastatin) 40mg what are the side effect?

Pravachol (pravastatin) 40mg what are the side effect?

Pravastin: There are multiple side effects including liver abnormalities and / or muscle aches or pains. There should be a significant benefit for the medicine versus the risk of taking it. ...Read more

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Is pravachol (pravastatin) effective in lowering cholesterol?

Is pravachol (pravastatin) effective in lowering cholesterol?

LDLHDLnotCholesterol: Yes/some. But Cholesterol: a fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell; building block of each cell membrane (enables fluidity & not tearing) fundamental to survival of every animal cell & animal movement. Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. LDL ≤700 nmol/l & Large-HDL ≥9 µmol/l). Cholesterol ↓$, but misleading. ...Read more

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I have 270 in chlostrol, i take a zocor (simvastatin) tablet, is it have side effect , I have no gall blader?

I have 270 in chlostrol, i take a zocor (simvastatin) tablet, is it have side effect , I have no gall blader?

Yes: Statin in general can cause myopathy(muscle pain) along liver issues. Therefore liver function should be monitored regularly. It could happen in higher dose. Watch you grapefruit consumption. ...Read more

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Having some side effect.From 10 mg pravachol (pravastatin). Can i take it just 3 times a week and still get the benefits. What is pravachol (pravastatin) half life. ?

Having  some side effect.From 10 mg pravachol (pravastatin). Can i take it  just 3 times a week and still get the benefits. What is pravachol (pravastatin) half life. ?

Half Life is 1.8h: Not much benefit from thrice weekly pravastatin. The usual adult dose is 40mg, so 10mg is a very low dose to start with. One could withdraw the drug and keep an open mind as to whether the symptom is relieved. This could still happen by chance but is one way to separate "side effect" from other problem. ...Read more

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Is niapsan %00mg ER anight time or morning medicine? My bottle just says take 1. I have been on niaspan 500mg for 3 years, and zocor. But i don't know if they are taken together or if niaspan is a day or night medicine, or zocor.?

Is niapsan %00mg ER  anight  time or morning medicine? My bottle just says take 1. I have been on niaspan 500mg for 3 years, and zocor. But i don't know if they are taken together or if niaspan is a day or night medicine, or zocor.?

Niaspan (niacin) : Niaspan (niacin) is best taken in the morning with a low dose 81 mg aspirin. The Aspirin lessens the flushing that accompanies the niaspan (niacin).
Zocor is best taken in the evening, when it is 10% more effective due to the body's biorhythm. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: zocor (simvastatin)?

Please describe the medication: zocor (simvastatin)?

Reduces blood fats: This medication is used to reduce lipids i.e. Cholesterol and fats in the circulatory system after diet and exercise therapies have failed. It is for the prevention of heart disease. One interesting fact is that grapefruit should not be eaten when you take this drug. ...Read more

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Does zocor cause constipation?

Does zocor cause constipation?

Yes It Can: Yes it is listed as one of the side effects.
Gas,Bloating,stomach pain,indigestion,nausea,constipation,and diarrhea in some.These are less serious side effects.The incidence of constipation is 6.6% ...Read more

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Mevacor or zocor, (simvastatin) what's better?

Mevacor or zocor, (simvastatin) what's better?

Statin: They do the same things. Zocor (simvastatin) is more potent milligram for milligram. One is not 'better' than the other, there are reasons a doc might choose one over the other in a specific situation. ...Read more

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Can zocor (simvastatin) cause a chronic cough?

Can zocor (simvastatin) cause a chronic cough?

No: Zocor (simvastatin) or simvastation don't cause chronic cough.A group of anti-hypertensives drugs called ace inhibitors may cause chronic cough. Please consult your M.D. ...Read more

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Could zocor (simvastatin) cause an elevated liver?

Could zocor (simvastatin) cause an elevated liver?

Zocor (simvastatin) & liver: Liver enzymes can be elevated, but rarely. ...Read more

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Topocil, zocor, (simvastatin) clonadine side effects?

Topocil, zocor, (simvastatin) clonadine side effects?

Zocor:muscle aches: Topicil, an antibiotic, not in my field of expertise
zocor: a statin, can cause muscle aches in some people;also transient liver function abnormalities
all recersible upon discontinuation of the drug
clonidine:blood pressure medication, can cause
drowsiness, slow heart beat, in high doses, even
heart block.A very good drug if used right. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: pravachol (pravastatin)?

Pravachol (pravastatin): Pravachol (pravastatin) is part of a class of drugs called statins or hmg co-a reductase inhibitors. They are used to treat high cholesterol to reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke or dying from a heart attack or stroke. ...Read more

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Can I take pravachol (pravastatin) with morning my meds ?

Depends on meds: Generally yes, but avoid taking with drugs like fenofibrate, clofibrate, colchicine. Ask a pharmacist which drugs should not be taken together. ...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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Can zocor (simvastatin) cause me to have an elevated liver?

Can zocor (simvastatin) cause me to have an elevated liver?

Yes: yes - should be monitored and a dose reduction may be necessary. ...Read more

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Can zocor and Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) be taken together?

Can zocor and Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) be taken together?

Probably O.K.: These medications are often prescribed in combination and there does not appear to be a significant interaction. ...Read more

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Is osteobioflex compatible with plavix and zocor (simvastatin)?

Is osteobioflex compatible with plavix and zocor (simvastatin)?

Yes, buy: They are compatible but be advised that if you take high dose osteobioflex (> 3 g/day of glucosamine or >2.4 g/day of chondroitin) there is an additive effect with Plavix (clopidogrel) that increases your risk of bleeding. ...Read more

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When should I take pravachol (pravastatin) 40mg...In the am or pm?

When should I take pravachol (pravastatin) 40mg...In the am or pm?

Either.: The best time to take it is when you will remember to take it. Am or pm doesn't really matter. The pharmacy will tell you pm, but it really doesn't matter. ...Read more

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How effective is Zocor (simvastatin) for lowering triglyceride levels?

How effective is Zocor (simvastatin) for lowering triglyceride levels?

Moderately: Statins are primarily effective in lowering LDL but are only moderately effective in lowering triglycerides. Average reduction to be expected in the newer generation statins is around 15-20%. ...Read more

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Is zocor (simvastatin) (a statin drug) safe in terms of lasting side effects?

Is zocor (simvastatin) (a statin drug) safe in terms of lasting side effects?

Yes most of the time: Drs use these drugs to reduce the cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular events in certain high risk populations. Its side effects are monitered by your doctor. Labs for liver enzymes and muscle damage are drawn on a regular basis. Its a safe drug used over a long time period if used properly. Like anything else risk vs benefit should be evaluated when starting a pt on a medicine. ...Read more

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Simvastatin (generic zocor) or the generic for lipitor (atorvastatin)? What is the difference?

Simvastatin (generic zocor) or the generic for lipitor (atorvastatin)? What is the difference?

Statins: The milligram for milligram potency of Lipitor (atorvastatin) is higher than that for simvastatin. There is some difference in the incidence of side effects but clinically these are not seen very often. Since Lipitor (atorvastatin) became generic it has become more popular. Rosuvastatin(crestor) not generic so expensive has become very popular tho' why given its cost/pill relative to the others is debatable. ...Read more

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Simvastatin( generic zocor) or the generic for lipitor, (atorvastatin) what is the difference?

Simvastatin( generic zocor) or the generic for lipitor, (atorvastatin) what is the difference?

Very similar: Atorvastatin (lipitor) is a little more potent, milligram for milligram than Simvastatin (zocor). Both have good outcome data. Both are safe. But either can cause muscle aches (in up to 10% of people) which is dependent on the dose. If muscle aches occur, a lower dose should be tried. ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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Pravastatin Sodium (Definition)

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


Pravachol (Definition)

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