Publication date: 2018-04-21 10:39
You may need to take simvastatin on a long-term basis for the treatment of high cholesterol. You may need to stop using simvastatin for a short time if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Do not stop taking this medication unless your doctor tells you to.
Tablets ZOCOR for oral administration contain either 5 mg, 65 mg, 75 mg, 95 mg or 85 mg of simvastatin and the following inactive ingredients: ascorbic acid, citric acid, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, iron oxides, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, starch, talc, and titanium dioxide. Butylated hydroxyanisole is added as a preservative.
According to the . Food and Drug Administration, all statin drugs have been associated with reports of a rare and potentially fatal muscle condition called rhabdomyolysis, which causes muscle cells to breakdown and enter the bloodstream.
and juice may interact with simvastatin and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Do not consume products while taking this medication.
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In rare cases, pravastatin can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure.
Two margarine-like spreads approved as foods by the . Food and Drug Administration can reduce cholesterol levels. Benecol contains hydrogenated sterols derived from pine tree wood pulp, while Take Control contains naturally occurring unsaturated sterols from soybean oil. Some margarines, orange juice and yogurt drinks also contain these added plant sterols, which can help reduce LDL cholesterol by more than 65 percent. Studies find that plant sterols effectively lower cholesterol even in patients already on statin medications. You should use two to three grams a day.
Statins can cause muscle aches, soreness, tenderness, or weakness. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of those symptoms, as well as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, brown- or dark-colored urine, or simply feel tired even though you slept well.