Simvastatin is classified as a statin, or HMG CoA reductase inhibitor, medication. This drug is approved by the Federal Drug Administration to treat high cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Simvastatin is the generic alternative to Zocor and requires a prescription for use. Depending on a patient’s overall condition, simvastatin can be prescribed in dosages of 5 mg, 10 mg, 20mg, 40 mg, or 80 mg for adults and children over 10 years old. Simvastatin is a tablet taken orally.
Simvastatin is used to reduce the levels of LDL, or bad, cholesterol, and triglycerides, a fat found in the blood, and increase the HDL, or good, cholesterol levels. LDL or low-density cholesterol is a thick fatty substance that in excessive quantities will stick to the blood vessel walls and block blood flow. HDL or high-density cholesterol's function is to eliminate LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream. This drug works by lowering the body’s production of certain fat-based substances, including cholesterol. Taking simvastatin can reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, and other heart conditions.
A person taking simvastatin should take this medication as directed by a doctor. This medication is typically taken with the evening meal or at bedtime; a doctor may recommend an additional daily dose. Simvastatin's effectiveness is greatest when combined with a diet low in cholesterol and an appropriate exercise plan. Frequent blood tests may be required to determine if the drug is working properly.
Simvastatin should not be taken while pregnant or breastfeeding, or if a patient is also taking certain medications. Simvastatin can interact with the drugs digoxin, other statin medications such as Lipitor, Crestor, Vytorin, Simcor, Pravachol, and Lescol, and blood thinners such as warfarin, Coumadin. It is essential to disclose all the medications or supplements that are currently taken to avoid dangerous drug interactions. People taking this medication should also avoid eating high-fat foods and foods high in cholesterol. Alcohol consumption can increase the levels of triglycerides and increase the risk for liver damage.
In some people, this medication can cause certain side effects. Contact a healthcare provider if any of these side effects occur: sudden muscle weakness, pain, or tenderness, urine that is dark in color, fever, difficulty breathing, sudden swelling, nausea, or weight gain. Less serious side effects reported are joint pain, constipation, headache, insomnia, cold-like symptoms, rashes on the skin, and mild muscle or stomach pain.
The below Simvastatin coupon is a printable coupon to be used at your favorite pharmacy. Simply print the below coupon and bring into your pharmacy. This coupon cannot be combined with or presented along-side insurance. This is a stand-alone coupon. Furthermore each pharmacy has descretion to accept or provide a discount on medication. Your savings will vary if any. This is not insurance.