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Zocor
(simvastatin)

Livalo
(pitavastatin)

Lowers cholesterol. Zocor (simvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol.Coming soon.
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Reviews for simvastatin
61%
of people (All ages) say simvastatin is worth it
48%
say it works well
14%
say it's a big hassle
1176 reviews
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Side effects
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  • Bronchitis 1%
  • Atrial fibrillation 1%
  • Eczema 2%
  • Stomach problems 1%
  • Balance problems 1%
  • Headache 1%
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How it works
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Zocor (simvastatin) is cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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  • Hyperlipidemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
simvastatinLivalo
  • Kidney disease
  • High dose of Zocor (simvastatin)
  • Combining Zocor (simvastatin) with other cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Older age
  • Female gender
Detailed Zocor (simvastatin) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

    Interactions
    simvastatinLivalo
    • Certain medications can interact with this drug. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the medicines you are taking.
    • Can have more drug interactions than some other drugs in the same class (statins).
    No interactions related info.
    Alcohol
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    • You are at higher risk for side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
    No alcohol related info.
    Kidneys and liver
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    • People on Zocor (simvastatin) have reported muscle pain, which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This is more likely to happen if you take higher doses of Zocor (simvastatin). If you suddenly feel muscle pain, weakness or fever and you haven't been exercising, stop taking Zocor (simvastatin) and talk to your doctor right away.
    • There are reports of liver damage in people who take Zocor (simvastatin), especially if they are heavy alcohol drinkers or have a history of liver disease. If you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin, tell your doctor. Your doctor may also want to check your liver function regularly.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
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    • Combining certain medications can increase the risk of muscle pain, muscle damage, and kidney damage. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist when taking any new medications.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    simvastatinLivalo
    • Can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
    • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
    • Available in generic.
    • Available in combination pills with other cholesterol medicines.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
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    • You are at higher risk for side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
    • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
    • Can have more drug interactions than some other drugs in the same class (statins).
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    simvastatinLivalo
    • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
    • Most people reach their target cholesterol levels in 4 to 6 weeks.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
    • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
    • Tell your doctor if you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
    • Certain medications can interact with this drug. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the medicines you are taking.
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