Simvastatin (Zocor): Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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(Last Updated On: August 30, 2017)

Simvastatin is one among the drugs called HMG CoA reductase or statins. This drug reduces the level of lipo-protein to low-density or LDL and triglycerides in the blood and increasing the good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein).

Normally, this drug is used to treat the high cholesterol, and triglycerides in the blood, heart attack, risk of stroke, diabetes, coronary heart disease and etc.

Information about Simvastatin:

It is not recommended for the women if they are allergic, pregnant and breastfeeding, or if any liver diseases. This drug may have interaction with the medications like atorvastatin, in rare cases it can even cause breakdown of skeleton muscle thereby leading to kidney failure. Seek emergency treatment if you have to feel any fever, muscle pain, and a coloured urine. Avoid eating foods containing high fat. Avoid consuming alcohol, as it can raise the triglyceride levels and increases the risk of liver damage.

Dosage patterns of Simvastatin:

Cardiovascular disease

Initial dose: it is about 5-40mg to be taken orally once in a day preferably in the evening.

Cardiovascular risk reduction:

Initial dose: it is about 5-40mg to be taken orally once in a day preferably in the evening.


For Hypercholesterolemia, the dosage is about 40mg and to be taken orally once in a day in the evening

Initial dose: it is about 40mg to be taken orally once in a day.

Maintenance dose: it is about 40-80mg to be taken orally once in a day

Myocardial infarction:

Initial dose: 40mg to be taken orally once a day

Maintenance dose: 40-80mg to be taken once a day.

The above mentioned dosages are just predicted by our web viewers who are undergoing the same medication. The dosages may differ person to person. Hence, it is safe to consult your doctor before intake of this drug.

Simvastatin Side effects:

Following are the side effects that are shown by the Simvastatin.

Severity: major

  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blurred vision
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Muscle pain
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • headache

Severity: minor

  • Back pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Difficulty in urination
  • Constipation
  • Back pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shivering
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody nose
  • Bloody urine
  • Increased body movements

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