High cholesterol is a serious problem in the United States. Zocor (simvastatin) is one of the medications that are used to combat that. Along with a healthy life style change such as, diet, weight-loss, and exercise Zocor has been able to help reduce the amount of fatty substances such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) bad cholesterol, and triglycerides in the blood. Zocor is also proven to help reduce other fatty substances in the blood of children and teenagers between ages of 10 and 17 who have the condition familial heterozygous hypercholesterolemia. This is a condition that is inherited through the parents in which cholesterol cannot be removed normally from the bloodstream.
Zocor (simvastatin) should be used exactly how your doctor prescribes, or as stated on the prescription label. Do not take more or less than is prescribed for you by your doctor. Your doctor may start you on a low dose and increase it gradually to find the right dosage for your situation. If you feel like you need to stop taking Zocor for any reason talk to your doctor and your doctor will be able to help you. Notify your doctor of any other medications you are taking before taking Zocor. Do not take Zocor if you are allergic to simvastatin.
Zocor has been known to cause several side effects in clinical studies. If you experience any of these side effects call your doctor immediately:
- muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
- dark red urine
- lack of energy, tiredness, or weakness
- fever or chills
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- joint pain
- sensitivity to light
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not stop:
- stomach pain
Some of these side effects are serious and may be hazardous to your health. Some side effects are similar to that of Vytorin. Some serious Vytorin Side effects include:
- unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness;
- fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine;
- swelling, weight gain, urinating less than usual or not at all;
- chest pain, dry cough, wheezing, feeling short of breath;
- severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate; or
- Nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Be sure not to over dose on Zocor. If an overdose occurs call 911 or your local poison control center. Be sure to consult your physician before you take Zocor.