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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Zocor (Overview)

Zocor is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid lowering agent (cardiovascular drug).


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What are side effects of zocor (simvastatin) from?

What are side effects of zocor (simvastatin) from?

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

Dr. Melissa Gowans
209 doctors shared insights

Zocor (Overview)

Zocor is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid lowering agent (cardiovascular drug).


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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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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 anything about heart palpitations and the use of zocor, premarin, (conjugated estrogens) or atenolol?

Do you know anything about heart palpitations and the use of zocor, premarin, (conjugated estrogens) or atenolol?

Yes: Palpitations can be because of cardiac arrhythmias, but we also see a lot of people who complain of palpitations and do not have any evidence of an arrhythmia or fast pulse rate while they're complaining of it. I have never heard of zocor or Premarin (conjugated estrogens) causing arrhythmias unless there are other issues (for example pulmonary embolism with premarin), atenolol is generally used to treat palpitations. ...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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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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Is heartburn a side effect of zocor (simvastatin)?

Is heartburn a side effect of zocor (simvastatin)?

Can be.: Heartburn has been reported as a potential side effect of zocor (simvastatin). It is usually mild and responds to taking acid reducing medications. One other option would be to switch to a different medicine for your cholesterol. If you continue to have heartburn which does not respond to antacids easily, then i would speak with your physician about switching. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of zocor (simvastatin) like?

Usually none: Usually none. Some people report muscle aches or weakness, and some report memory impairment. The majority of these reports turn out not to be from the medication. There are a very small number of potentially life-threatening reactions when muscle cells break down threatening kidney damage. The benefits of cholesterol lowering greatly outweigh the risks for most people. ...Read more

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Metformin, zocor, (simvastatin) lisinopril could any of these affect nervous system?

Metformin, zocor, (simvastatin) lisinopril could any of these affect nervous system?

Yes: Metformin used chronically can deplete B12 - this can cause peripheral neuropathy (lack of sensation and tingling in arms and legs), memory problems, and depression. Zocor (simvastatin) can prompt aching in muscles - a not uncommon side effect. ...Read more

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I've been taking advicor for five years and now my doctor is switching me to zocor (simvastatin). How long does the niacin stay in your body.. Flushing?

I've been taking advicor for five years and now my doctor is switching me to zocor (simvastatin).  How long does the niacin stay in your body..  Flushing?

Good question: I researched your question: the half life of extended release Niacin in Advicor (lovastatin and niacin) is very variable, & depends on gender, dose, & individual characteristics. It peaks 5 hours after a single dose. Following years of treatment, it's probably safe to assume that it will take days (3-5) to wear off completely. Possibly longer depending on dose. ...Read more

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Heart concerns history of afib....Bp is 120 over 75. No pain. But pulse dropped into the high 40s about 4 hours ago and is still hovering between 48 and 52. Taking 120 mg of diltiazem every morning. 40 mg of zocor at night and half an aspirian. Also tal

Heart concerns history of afib....Bp is 120 over 75. No pain. But pulse  dropped into the high 40s  about 4 hours ago and is still hovering between 48 and 52. Taking 120 mg of diltiazem every morning. 40 mg of zocor at night and half an aspirian. Also tal

A : A heart rate of 48-52 is not concerning as long as you are not having symptoms associated with it (shortness of breath, dizziness, chest discomfort, fatigue). If you are using your fingers or machine to check your pulse and if you are in afib, it is also possible that you may not be picking up all your heartbeats because of the irregular rhythm. You should mention/discuss with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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M58, may I talke Norvasc 10 mg, zocor (simvastatin) 10 mg and glucophage 500 mg at the same time? is there any interaction

M58, may I talke Norvasc 10 mg, zocor (simvastatin) 10 mg and glucophage 500 mg at the same time? is there any interaction

See below: Norvasc increases zocor (simvastatin) levels thus the maximum recommended dose of zocor (simvastatin) when also taking Norvasc is 20 mg but you're okay with that. However, you should take zocor (simvastatin) in the evening to maximize its benefit, whereas, generally, glucophage is usually taken during the day. You can take the Norvasc anytime. ...Read more

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Can taking zocor (simvastatin) cause restless legs? I take it before i go to bed (10:00), and by 12 my legs are bothering me so much I have to get up. Please advise

Can taking zocor (simvastatin) cause restless legs? I take it before i go to bed (10:00), and by 12 my legs are bothering me so much I have to get up. Please advise

Not usually: Some meds can cause RLS but statins normal don't. Make sure you're not iron deficient. There's a ton of good treatment options for rls. Your doc can help guide you and refer on if needed. ...Read more

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Who should not use Zocor (simvastatin)?

Who should not use Zocor (simvastatin)?

Zocor (simvastatin): simvastatin/Zocor See: http://www.rxlist.com/zocor-drug/overdosage-contraindications.htm

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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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Can zocor (simvastatin) be causing my achy shoulders & fuzzy memory?

Can zocor (simvastatin) be causing my achy shoulders & fuzzy memory?

Talk To Your Doctor: Statin medications, including zocor, (simvastatin) are known to be associated with muscle aches, pain or weakness. The relationship with memory is controversial and has not been seen in well designed clinical trials. Individuals, however, can have unique reactions to a given medication. You should contact your doctor and discuss options for a time off the medication and reassessment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to stop taking zocor (simvastatin) once you have started?

Is it possible to stop taking zocor (simvastatin) once you have started?

Maybe: Depending on where you started from and how much cholesterol lowering is needed based on risk factors etc. Speak with your doctor. ...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