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Dr. Blase Carabello
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Simvastatin (Overview)

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, also called a statin.


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What happens if 40mg simvastatin is taken every other day instead of daily? Does that mean it is working at the 20mg strength?

What happens if 40mg simvastatin is taken every other day instead of daily? Does that mean it is working at the 20mg strength?

Probably: We usually recommend patients take their medications daily. The way to confirm if it is working or not is to take it every other day for 90 days, then recheck your labs. If the numbers are similar to daily lower dose, then you should be fine going forward. ...Read more

Dr. Blase Carabello
408 Doctors shared insights

Simvastatin (Overview)

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, also called a statin.


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Can I take simvastatin with azithronycin?

Can I take simvastatin with azithronycin?

There is a small: Chance of harmful interaction between a macrolide (Zithromax) and a statin (Simvastatin). There have been a few reports of an increase in muscle tissue breakdown when used together. A rare, but serious condition -rhabdomyolisis has been reported, but usually these medications are taken together without problems, Your Doctor can decide for you if these medications are appropriate together. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: simvastatin?

Please describe the medication: simvastatin?

Statin Medication: 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, also called a statin. ...Read more

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My triglycerides are 709 total chol is 286 if I lower my chol my triglycerides will lower too or dr prescribe 20 mg of simvastatin?

My triglycerides are 709 total chol is 286 if I lower my chol my triglycerides will lower too or dr prescribe 20 mg of simvastatin?

Too high: Your cholesterol levels are very high. The treatment depends on risk factors that you may have. If you are a diabetic, obese, have heart conditions, etc., then it worth to combine low fat diet, medications and exercise. If you are otherwise healthy, you may try to manage it with exercises and diet. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are side affects to in the long term use of simvastatin, or any of the statin drugs?

Do you know if there are side affects to in the long term use of simvastatin, or any of the statin drugs?

Extremely safe: About 1 in 100, 000 can get serious liver injury or rhabdomyolysis. These are the only serious long term side effects. There is a slightly increased incidence of diabetes which is out weighed by the benefit. The commonest side effect, muscle aching, occurs in about 1 in 10 but resolves with withdrawal of the medicine. ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to take simvastatin while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take simvastatin while breastfeeding?

No: Simvistatin, the generic name for zocor, (simvastatin) is one of a class of drugs called "statins" which are used to lower cholesterol, and, specifically, ldl. It is strongly recommended to stop using this class of medication during pregnancy and nursing. ...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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What's the difference between atorvastatin vs simvastatin?

What's the difference between atorvastatin vs simvastatin?

Lipitor (atorvastatin) v Zocor: Both are effective "statins" to lower cholesterol. Atorvastatin is more effective and less toxic than simvastatin, but neither is as effective as Crestor (rosuvastatin). For 95 % of people, with proper diet/exercise neither is necessary to reach a nonhdl cholesterol of 90 (subtract good = HDL fom total cholesterol = non hdl) = where coronary artery disease ceases. See www. Thepmc. Org website. ...Read more

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Side effects of simvastatin to look for?

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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What to do if I have been taking simvastatin for several years and wanted to know if there are any long term side affects I should be concerned about?

Simple answer - no: The statin drugs have now been used for indefinite periods in humans now for over 25 years and are incredibly safe and well tolerated without long term side effects. Muscle soreness can happen even after being on a statin for a long time, but almost never causes true medical harm. They are very safe and wonderful drugs that have prolonged countless lives and greatly improved quality of life. ...Read more

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I take metformin, lisinopril and simvastatin. I am having constipation since last 1.5 months, whose side effect could it be?

I take metformin, lisinopril and simvastatin. I am having constipation since last 1.5 months, whose side effect could it be?

Most likely the: Simvastatin as almost all the cholesterol lowering drugs lead to constipation. Usually drinking more caffeine free alcohol free fluids will correct the problem and allow you to take the meds you need for your hypercholesterolemia. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take simvastatin and nasal capsule the same time?

Is it okay to take simvastatin and nasal capsule the same time?

Nasal capsule?: What nasal capsule? Otc cold tablets? That's ok but some antibiotic may have interaction. ...Read more

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Advice medication for both hyperlipidemia&hypertension from combination losartan 50mg+amlodipine 5mg with atorvastatin or rosuvastatin or simvastatin?

Advice medication for both hyperlipidemia&hypertension from combination losartan 50mg+amlodipine 5mg with atorvastatin or rosuvastatin or simvastatin?

Depends: They are all effective. It really depends on how much lipid lowering you need. Rosuvastatin is the most potent. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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Zocor (Definition)

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