What is Simvastatin/Zocor used for?
Zocor (Simvastatin) is used to lower cholesterol. It works by blocking the production of cholesterol in the body. This medication reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and the total cholesterol in the blood preventing heart disease, arteries from hardening, and conditions that can result in heart attack, stroke and vascular disease. Zocor (Simvastatin) is part of a complete treatment program including diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow these routines very closely.
How should Simvastatin/Zocor be stored?
This medication should be stored at room temperature. Keep away from moisture, light and heat.
How should I take Simvastatin/Zocor?
Read the directions on the prescription label. Do not take larger doses than prescribed by your doctor. Do not take this medication longer than recommended by your doctor. Take the medication with a full glass of water (8 ounces) in the evening with an evening meal or at bedtime. If you are prescribed to take this medication several times a day, take Zocor (Simvastatin) with meals. Your blood and liver will need to be tested to ensure the medication is helping your condition. It is important to go to your doctor appointments. In rare cases, patients taking Simvastatin has developed a condition resulting in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue leading to kidney failure. If you notice any unexplained muscle pain or tenderness, muscle weakness, fever or flu symptoms, and dark colored urine, notify your doctor immediately. Your doctor may need you to take Zocor (Simvastatin) on a long-term basis if you have high cholesterol.
When should Simvastatin/Zocor not be taken?
Do not take Zocor (Simvastatin) if you are allergic to Zocor (Simvastatin) or any other drug, pregnant or breastfeeding, or have liver disease.
What precautions should I follow when taking Simvastatin/Zocor?
When taking Zocor (Simvastatin) avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol as part of your diet plan. Also avoid drinking alcohol because it can raise triglyceride levels and may damage the liver.
What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Simvastatin/Zocor?
Let your doctor know if you have diabetes, underactive thyroid, kidney disease, or a muscle disorder. Also, inform your doctor if you are taking any other prescription medication or over the counter medications, herbal products, vitamins, and minerals. Do not start taking a new medication without informing your doctor.
What are the side effects of Simvastatin/Zocor?
Severe: Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness with fever or flu symptoms and dark colored urine.
Common: Mild stomach pain, gas, bloating, stomach upset, heartburn; nausea; constipation; or diarrhea.