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Can I temporally (5-7 days) substitute Lovastatin 40mg for Simvastatin 40mg should I run out of Simvastatin?
by Jack A Hanson in Hartford, Connecticut, 11/16/2007
A doctor prescribed Lipitor & almost immediately I had carpel tunnel in both wrists. Gradually my arm muscles were weakened to the point I had difficulty lifting my purse. A new doctor prescribed Zocor 40 mg & I have no side affects after 30 days. I j...
by Becky C in Bloomington, IN, 02/23/2006
My Pharmacy changed my prescription from Zocor to Simvastin. What is the difference? I have been taking Zocor for a number of years. I have not had side affects. I am afraid the switch may cause problems. The Pharm...
by Katherine McColley in San Diego, California USA, 07/06/2007
I was prescribed Zocor my doctor b/c he feels that is an excellant preventive medicine to heart disease (I am 45 and father passed away at 61 due to heart disease/stroke). The dose is 20mg, I read that 10mg is ok, so I am taking Zocar every other day....
by Skip in Bethesda, MD, 01/16/2006
Zocor (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Zocor (Oral) Medication Classification
SIMVASTATIN (By mouth)
Zocor (Oral) Brandname
Zocor (Oral) is used for the Treatment
Simvastatin (SIM-va-stat-in) Lowers high levels of cholesterol.
When To Not Use Zocor (Oral)
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to simvastatin, or to similar medicines such as atorvastatin (Lipitor®), cerivastatin (Baycol®), fluvastatin (Lescol®), lovastatin (Mevacor®), or pravastatin (Pravachol®). You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have liver disease.
How Should You Use Zocor (Oral)
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to. Take the medicine in the evening, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- You may take the medicine with or without food. Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about diet and exercise. If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
- Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Proper Zocor (Oral) Storage
Store Zocor (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Zocor (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Zocor (Oral)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using blood thinners (Coumadin®), cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®), digoxin (Lanoxin®), erythromycin, gemfibrozil (Lopid®), niacin, nefazodone (Serzone®), or an antibiotic such as fluconazole (Diflucan®), itraconazole (Sporanox®), or ketoconazole (Nizoral®).
- Do not drink alcohol while you are taking this medicine.
- Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
Zocor (Oral) Warnings
- Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or a muscle disorder.
- Tell your doctor if you usually drink large amounts of alcohol.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
- Do not stop using this medicine without asking your doctor. You may need a special diet to keep your cholesterol levels from going up after you stop using the medicine.
Zocor (Oral) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Muscle pain, weakness, or cramps
- Skin rash or hives
- Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
- Unexplained fever
- Yellow skin or eyes If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Mild stomach upset, gas, indigestion