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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Suicide is an action in which a person intentionally causes his own death. Suicide more commonly occurs in persons suffering from depression or other mental illnesses, where a person may feel hopeless and see suicide as a way to escape the real or perceived overwhelming problems and ...Read more
24-48 hours: The listed half life is 4 hours. That means after 4 hours 50%is gone. After 6 half lives (24 hours) over 96% is gone from your system. However, side effects from simva may take more time to resolve. Eg. 2-4 weeks for muscle aches. Hope this helps ...Read more
If there are signs of significant progress for one taking simvastatin, can the doses be reduced? How does it goes?
Yes: You're 29? I assume you've never had a heart attack? If you have an inherited disease with severely elevated cholesterol, you should take the highest dose tolerated to avoid premature death. Otherwise, an LDL of <100 to 130 is your goal. Your doctor can titrate your dose to achieve that goal. For people with heart attack due to atherosclerosis (not you), the goal is an LDL of <70. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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