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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. 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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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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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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Benefits/risks of Zetia vs crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Benefits/risks of Zetia vs crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Crestor (rosuvastatin) is better: Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a statin. Statins are the only cholesterol drugs that have been clearly shown to reduce mortality - that is, to save lives. While Zetia does lower cholesterol, there is to date no convincing evidence that it saves lives. ...Read more

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Is generic Lipitor (atorvastatin) as affective as "real" lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Yes: Generics are required to prove bio-equivalency to the fda. However, the drug coating is proprietary. This only makes a real difference for some psychotropic medications. ...Read more

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Lisinopril versus moexipril?

Lisinopril versus moexipril?

About the same: These medications are about equivalent although the makers of Moexipril claim better tissue penetration. Drugs in this class of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor are effective. ...Read more

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Is lescol stronger than lipitor, (atorvastatin) crestor?

Is lescol stronger than lipitor, (atorvastatin) crestor?

No: Lescol is weaker than those two. If your cholesterol level reaches goal, then it probably does not matter which statin you use. But if you require a higher dose, and do not reach goal even with high dose Lescol or other older drugs, then Lipitor (atorvastatin) or Crestor would be preferred. They are more potent. As they are about equally effective, price becomes an issue since Lipitor (atorvastatin) is generic now. ...Read more

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Is simvastatin andpravastatin the same medicine?

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Is simvastatin andpravastatin the same medicine?

Statins: They are both statins that lower cholesterol, but they are not identical drugs. Simvastatin being the more potent of the two. In general most statins lower bad (ldl) cholesterol by 30%. ...Read more

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Is Zetia better than lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Is Zetia better than lipitor (atorvastatin)?

zetia (ezetimibe): Lipitor (atorvastatin) data is stronger than Zetia data for lowering lipids and decreasing atherosclerotic complications. ...Read more

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Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) a better drug than tricor ?

Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) a better drug than tricor ?

They're different: They are used for different profiles of abnormal cholesterol. Lipitor, or generic atorvastatin, is a medication that mostly is used to lower LDL the "bad cholesterol." that is enough for most people. Tricor (fenofibrate) is used to correct a mixed profile, when someone has not only high ldl, but also high triglycerides (blood fat level) and low hdl, the "good cholesterol.". So they're used differently. ...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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Crestor vs lipitor (atorvastatin). Is one better than the other?

Crestor (rosuvastatin): And Lipitor (atorvastatin) are both effective statin drugs. Crestor is a bit more mg for mg potent than Lipitor (atorvastatin) but the outcomes with both drugs are similar. ...Read more

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Atenolol vs enalapril maleate. Which is better?

Atenolol vs enalapril maleate. Which is better?

It depends: It really depends on the medical history of the patient. Both are anti hypertensives, but they work in different ways. For people with diabetes, Enalapril may be a better choice, while those with heart disease are often on either or both of those medications. Efficacy wise, each patient responds to the medicines a little different, so it really depends on the patient. ...Read more

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How similar are crestor and Lipitor (atorvastatin) medicine?

How similar are crestor and Lipitor (atorvastatin) medicine?

Crestor (rosuvastatin): And Lipitor (atorvastatin) are both effective statin drugs. Crestor is a bit more mg for mg potent than Lipitor (atorvastatin) but the outcomes with both drugs are similar. Lipitor (atorvastatin) can be had as a generic, Crestor is still on patent so is lots more expensive. ...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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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?

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

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I took generic zocor for 2 days. Both days within an hour or so I had diarrhea. My stools were much lighter like a sand color. Is that bad?

I took generic zocor for 2 days. Both days within an hour or so I had diarrhea. My stools were much lighter like a sand color. Is that bad?

Diarrhea: It is unusual that zocor caused diarrhea so soon after taking it. When bowels are loose the stools are often light in color,often tan,as they move so quickly through the intestinal tract and don't get pigmented. Blockage of bile,as in gall stones,liver or pancreatic pathology also cause lighter color stools. If your stools don't return to normal see your physician. ?Whether you're intolerant of Z ...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)?

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

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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

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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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Any experience with side effects of zocor (simvastatin)?

Any experience with side effects of zocor (simvastatin)?

Zocor (simvastatin): Most common side effects are elevation of the liver enzymes over two times the normal values. Other side effects are muscle pains and aches. There is also a reaction that can occur when this is taken in combination with calcium channel blockers which can cause lab abnormalities. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Zocor (simvastatin)?

Zocor (simvastatin): zocor/ simvastatin has many potential side effects. See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/zocor-side-effects.html ...Read more

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Is 208 high for cholesterol it was the same 8 months ago what should I try instead of zocor (simvastatin)

A : A more important number to know is the LDL (bad cholesterol) and the HDL (good cholesterol). If the HDL is high and the LDL is low then you may not need to change medications. Also you may just need a larger dose of zocor (simvastatin). You should go over the results and plan with your doctor. Take care. ...Read more

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Does candy and pop have triglycerideshow can I keep them down.I'm taking 40 milligram of zocor (simvastatin).?

Does candy and pop have triglycerideshow can I keep them down.I'm taking 40 milligram of zocor (simvastatin).?

Triglycerides: Soda does not contain triglycerides, and most candies also do not. They do make the triglycerides in your body go up however. Triglycerides are a combination of a fat backbone with sugars attached to it. When your sugars go up, triglycerides go up. If triglycerides are a problem for you, i suspect your sugar is also an issue. Stop eating sugary snacks. Eat a plant based diet. Read diabesity. ...Read more

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My cholesterol is elevated, is it advisable for me to take zocor (simvastatin)? How much milligram do I need to take? Thankyou and more power!

Yes: Being diabetic at your age you need to be more proactive and aggressive in lowering your risk factors including lowering your cholesterol but you have to let your doctor help you. ...Read more

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My cholesterol is elevated, it is advisable for me to take zocor (simvastatin)? How much milligram should I am going to take? Thank you and more power!

My cholesterol is elevated, it is advisable for me  to take zocor (simvastatin)? How much milligram should I am going to take? Thank you and more power!

Check: With your physician who ordered the test. Yes, you should be taking one of the statin drugs to normalize cholesterol levels. You should also make sure your diabetes is well controlled as you want to keep your arteries healthy, exercise needs to be incorporated in your life and watch your weight! ...Read more

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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

Dr. Warren Foster
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Zocor (Definition)

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