Simvastatin is the generic name for a drug in a medication class known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. The common name for this drug class is “statins”. It is also sold under the brand name Zocor.
Simvastatin works to lower the levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL, also known as “bad cholesterol”) and triglycerides (types of fat) that are in the blood stream, as it increases the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, also known as “good cholesterol”). For this reason, it is often use to treat patients who need to lower their LDL and triglyceride levels. This drug is also sometimes used for patients who need to decrease their risk of heart attack, stroke, or other types of coronary heart disease, as well as cardiac complications among diabetes patients, and those with certain other risk factors. Simvastatin is used for the treatment of patients who are ten years of age or older.
This medication is typically taken with the evening meal or before going to bed. If Simvastatin is taken more than once daily, it should be taken with meals. Regular doctor visits will be required throughout the use of Simvastatin. It is important to keep those appointments in order to make sure that the drug is working in a way that is safe and effective. The doctor may occasionally change the Simvastatin dose to ensure that you are receiving the best possible results from its use.
Regular visits to the doctor will also help to ensure that Simvastatin is not causing the condition to worsen and to make sure that it is indeed helping with your condition. Blood tests and liver function tests will be necessary. If you need surgery, make certain to tell the surgeon that you are taking Simvastatin as you may be required to temporarily stop its use before or after the surgery.
Simvastatin is not considered to be a treatment on its own. The complete treatment program should also include a proper diet and exercise program as has been recommended by the doctor. Weight control is also necessary. Simvastatin may be required only for the short term, but it may also be continued over the long-term in order to control high cholesterol.
Should any of the following serious side effects be experienced, stop using Simvastin and contact emergency medical assistance immediately: pain or burning when urinating; unusual fatigue, fever, or dark colored urine; unexplained muscle tenderness, pain, or weakness; urinating more or less than usual or not at all, weight gain or swelling; upper stomach pain, nausea, loss of appetite, itching, clay-colored stools or dark urine, jaundice.