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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
Sure: All drugs have side effects. With statin drugs we check liver tests as they can cause abnormalities in those tests, also pain in the muscles can be related to the drugs. As Simvastatin has a somewhat higher incidence of side effects than some of the other drugs, i avoid it especially in the higher doses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please help older lady who has taken zocor (simvastatin) and now has side effects, she cannot move her arms. ?
Not due to zocor (simvastatin): Although zocor, (simvastatin) as a statin drug, may cause muscle aches in some people, these are transient and usually resolve upon discontinuation of the drug it will not cause paralysis of the arms. I strongly suggest you see your family doctor and perhaps a neurologist, if he (or she)refers you to one. ...Read more
How soon after starting zocor (simvastatin) should you experience side effects like muscle pain or other symptoms?
Clarify: Your question implies that you should have these symptoms. These are side effects. They can occur any time after starting the medicine. ...Read more
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
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
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. ...Read more
Rare, but not zero: Most people have no side effects from "statin" medications. A small percentage of people may get muscle symptoms and a very small number can develop life-threatening muscle cell destruction called rhabdomyolysis. Also uncommon are serious liver problems. The benefits of lowering cholesterol far outweigh the risks. Unfortunately, a misguided public scare has exagerated these risks. ...Read more
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