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Compare Zocor (simvastatin) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Zocor (simvastatin) or used for similar purposes.

Zocor
(simvastatin)

Zetia
(ezetimibe)

Pravachol
(pravastatin)

Mevacor
(lovastatin)

Antara
(fenofibrate)

Niaspan
(niacin)

Trilipix
(fenofibric acid)

Vytorin
(ezetimibe / simvastatin)

Lipitor
(atorvastatin)

Crestor
(rosuvastatin)

Lowers cholesterol. Zocor (simvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol.Lowers cholesterol. Zetia (ezetimibe) can improve your cholesterol and can be used as an alternative to statins.Lowers cholesterol. Pravachol (pravastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. It does cause fewer side effects and is safer for your kidneys and liver.Lowers cholesterol. Mevacor (Lovastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.Lowers cholesterol. Niaspan (Niacin) lowers triglycerides, but isn't as good as statins for improving cholesterol levels.Lowers cholesterol. Trilipix is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk.Lowers cholesterol. Vytorin is expensive and is no more effective than simvastatin by itself.Lowers cholesterol. Lipitor (atorvastatin) improves your cholesterol levels and is a common first treatment for people with high cholesterol or heart disease.Lowers cholesterol. Crestor (rosuvastatin) is one of the most effective statins to improve cholesterol. It's also available as a generic.
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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
Have you used Zocor (simvastatin)?
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Reviews for Zetia
42%
+19% better vs. simvastatin
34%
+14% better vs. simvastatin
21%
+7% better vs. simvastatin
128 reviews
Have you used Zetia (ezetimibe)?
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Reviews for pravastatin
54%
+7% better vs. simvastatin
44%
+4% better vs. simvastatin
19%
+5% better vs. simvastatin
426 reviews
Have you used Pravachol (pravastatin)?
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Reviews for Lovastatin
43%
+18% better vs. simvastatin
39%
+9% better vs. simvastatin
22%
+8% better vs. simvastatin
Have you used Mevacor (lovastatin)?
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Reviews for Antara
27%
+34% better vs. simvastatin
14%
+34% better vs. simvastatin
29%
+15% better vs. simvastatin
Have you used Antara (fenofibrate)?
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Reviews for Niaspan
43%
+18% better vs. simvastatin
31%
+17% better vs. simvastatin
19%
+5% better vs. simvastatin
380 reviews
Have you used Niaspan (niacin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Trilipix
50%
+11% better vs. simvastatin
22%
+26% better vs. simvastatin
25%
+11% better vs. simvastatin
Have you used Trilipix (fenofibric acid)?
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Reviews for Vytorin
53%
+8% better vs. simvastatin
36%
+12% better vs. simvastatin
19%
+5% better vs. simvastatin
Have you used Vytorin (ezetimibe / simvastatin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Atorvastatin
63%
-2% worse vs. simvastatin
51%
-3% worse vs. simvastatin
13%
-1% worse vs. simvastatin
1377 reviews
Have you used Lipitor (atorvastatin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Crestor
60%
+1% better vs. simvastatin
47%
+1% better vs. simvastatin
15%
+1% better vs. simvastatin
751 reviews
Have you used Crestor (rosuvastatin)?
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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%
More simvastatin side effects »
  • Common cold 1%
  • Sore throat 4%
  • Sinus infection 1%
  • Abnormal liver tests 3%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Pain in arms and legs 1%
  • Muscle pain 3%
More Zetia side effects »
  • Upper respiratory infection     4%
  • Diarrhea     3%
  • Headache     2%
  • Chest pain     2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Rash 2%
  • Myalgia 2%
More pravastatin side effects »
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Myalgia 1%
  • Asthenia 1%
  • Elevations of CK levels 11%
More Lovastatin side effects »
  • Abnormal Liver Function Tests 7%
  • Abdominal Pain 1%
  • Increased AST 2%
  • Increased ALT 1%
  • Increased Creatine Phosphokinase 2%
  • Constipation 1%
More Antara side effects »
  • Flushing 49%
  • Itching 6%
  • Rash 5%
More Niaspan side effects »
  • Headache 13%
  • Back Pain 6%
  • Pain in Extremity 5%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection 5%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Nasopharyngitis 4%
  • Diarrhea 4%
  • Arthralgia 4%
  • Pain 4%
  • Dizziness 4%
More Trilipix side effects »
  • Headache 1%
  • Any side effect 3%
  • Myalgia 4%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection 4%
  • Increased ALT 4%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Influenza 1%
  • Pain in extremity 1%
  • Unexplained muscle pain or weakness 1%
More Vytorin side effects »
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Muscle Spasms 1%
  • Myalgia 1%
More Atorvastatin side effects »
  • Headache 1%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Muscle pain 2%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Diabetes mellitus 1%
  • Dizziness 1%
More Crestor side effects »
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).Zetia (ezetimibe) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It stops your body from absorbing cholesterol in food and helps process other forms of cholesterol.Pravachol (pravastatin) is cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).Mevacor (Lovastatin) is cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).Antara (Fenofibrate) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).Niaspan (Niacin) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to lower the amount of "bad" cholesterol (LDL) made by the liver.Trilipix is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).Vytorin is a combination cholesterol-lowering medicine. Simvastatin prevents your body from making "bad" cholesterol (LDL) while raising "good" cholesterol (HDL). Ezetimibe prevents cholesterol absorption in your intestines.Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a statin medication that changes the amount of cholesterol your body makes. It lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and improves your "good" cholesterol (HDL) levels.
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Kidney disease
  • High dose of Zocor (simvastatin)
  • Combining Zocor (simvastatin) with other cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Older age
  • Female gender
Detailed Zocor (simvastatin) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Zetia (ezetimibe) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
Detailed Zetia (ezetimibe) risks & warnings »
  • Kidney disease
  • An underactive thyroid
  • Over age 65
  • Female gender
  • Taking other medicines to lower your cholesterol
Detailed Pravachol (pravastatin) risks & warnings »
  • Kidney disease
  • High dose of Mevacor (Lovastatin)
  • Combining with certain cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Older age and female gender
  • Heavy alcohol use
Detailed Mevacor (lovastatin) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
Detailed Antara (fenofibrate) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with statins
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with anticoagulants
Detailed Niaspan (niacin) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Taking Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) with anticoagulants
Detailed Trilipix (fenofibric acid) risks & warnings »
  • Asian patients taking high-dose niacin
  • Past history of liver disease
  • heavy alcohol use
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
Detailed Vytorin (ezetimibe / simvastatin) risks & warnings »
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Prior history of chronic liver disease
  • Pregnancy
  • History of hemorrhagic strokes
Detailed Lipitor (atorvastatin) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Coumadin (warfarin)
  • Age 65 or older
  • Taking higher doses of Crestor (rosuvastatin)
  • Diabetes
  • Heavy alcohol use
Detailed Crestor (rosuvastatin) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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.

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.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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.

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.

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
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  • 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).
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  • Certain medications can interact with this drug. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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  • Niaspan (Niacin) can interact with blood thinners and make you more likely to bleed. Your doctor may have you do regular blood tests and change your medication doses.
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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.
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  • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
  • Don't have alcohol, spicy foods, or hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
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  • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are a female, are 65 years or older, or drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Don't have more than 2 glasses of alcohol a day since Crestor (rosuvastatin) can cause liver damage.
  • You're more likely to have side effects if you're a female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or take more than one medicine for cholesterol.
Food
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  • Works best if you take it once a day after your evening meal.
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  • You need to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
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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.
  • Zetia (ezetimibe) can hurt your liver, especially if it is used with statins. Talk to your doctor if you have liver disease.
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) is less likely to cause muscle and kidney damage than other statin medicines.
  • If you have liver problems, Pravachol (pravastatin) is the safest statin to use.
  • There are rare cases of muscle damage leading to kidney failure in people taking Mevacor (Lovastatin). The risk is greater in people with kidney disease or thyroid disease, are older and female and taking certain cholesterol-lowering medication combinations. Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, weakness or fever and there is no known cause.
  • There are reports of liver damage in people who take Mevacor (Lovastatin), 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 periodically.
  • Statins can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
  • Reports of liver damage have been reported in people who take Antara (Fenofibrate), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
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  • Reports of liver damage have been reported in people who take Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
  • People on Vytorin (Ezetimibe / Simvastatin) have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle breakdown and kidney damage, especially in people of Asian ancestry who are also taking niacin. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you suddenly develop muscle pain and a fever and you don't know why.
  • People on Lipitor (atorvastatin) have reported muscle pain, which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This is more likely to happen if you're older and you're taking higher doses of Lipitor (atorvastatin). If you suddenly feel muscle pain or weakness and you haven't been exercising, stop taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) and talk to your doctor right away.
  • Liver damage has been reported in people who take Lipitor (atorvastatin). If you notice dark urine or yellowing of your eyes or skin, talk to your doctor. Your doctor might run blood tests to check your liver.
  • Statins such as Lipitor (atorvastatin) can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, or liver damage. Some people need to stop taking this medicine if these problems occur.
  • Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can raise your risk of liver damage while taking Lipitor (atorvastatin).
  • People on Crestor (rosuvastatin) have reported muscle pain which can lead to muscle or kidney damage. This is more likely to happen if you're older and if you're taking higher doses of Crestor (rosuvastatin). If you suddenly feel severe muscle pain or weakness and you haven't been exercising, stop taking Crestor (rosuvastatin) and talk to your doctor right away.
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin) can cause liver damage. If your urine is darker than normal or if you notice a yellow color in your eyes or skin, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may run some tests to see how your liver is working.
  • People with liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes are also more likely to have side effects from Crestor (rosuvastatin).
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.
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  • Combining certain medications can increase the risk of muscle pain (myopathy), muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis) and kidney damage. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist when taking any new medications.
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  • It can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.
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  • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel severe muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Call your doctor if you have sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant since it can hurt the fetus.
Upsides and benefits
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  • 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.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Can be used with other medicines to improve cholesterol.
  • Available in a combination pill with simvastatin.
  • Available as a generic.
  • Compared to other statins, Pravachol (pravastatin) has fewer interactions with medicines.
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) is less likely to cause muscle and kidney damage than other statin medicines.
  • If you have liver problems, Pravachol (pravastatin) is the safest statin to use.
  • It's available as a generic.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • 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.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Good for lowering triglycerides (fats).
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Good medicine for lowering triglycerides.
  • A 2-in-1 cholesterol-lowering combination medicine.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats), and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin) can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
  • It's one of the strongest cholesterol-lowering statin medications.
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a good option for people who have high cholesterol and diabetes.
  • It's available as a generic drug and can be used in combination with other cholesterol lowering drugs.
  • It's a good first choice medicine for lowering cholesterol levels when diet and exercise aren't enough.
  • Slows down the buildup of fatty deposits in your blood vessels, otherwise known as a hardening of the arteries.
  • In clinical studies, Crestor (rosuvastatin) has the strongest effect on lowering "bad" cholesterol compared to other statins.
  • Can lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
  • Available as a generic drug.
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).
  • Doesn't lower triglycerides (fats).
  • Hasn't been shown to lower the risk of heart attacks or heart disease.
  • By itself, it isn't as effective as statins for improving cholesterol.
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) isn't as strong as other statins in lowering your cholesterol.
  • You'll still need to eat a low fat diet and exercise regularly to get the full benefit of Pravachol (pravastatin).
  • Not the best choice for people who have very high cholesterol levels.
  • Statins can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
  • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • In studies, it didn't lower heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.
  • According to new guidelines, you shouldn't take this medicine by itself to lower cholesterol.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
  • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
  • By itself, Niaspan (Niacin) isn't as effective as statins for improving cholesterol levels.
  • It can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.
  • You need to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • If you miss doses often, you may need to re-start taking the medicine more regularly at a lower dose.
  • In clinical studies, Trilipix hasn't lowered cholesterol or the risk of heart attack and stroke better than statins.
  • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
  • In clinical studies, simvastatin/ezetimibe hasn't controlled cholesterol better than simvastatin alone.
  • There's no generic available, so it can be expensive.
  • Statins such as Lipitor (atorvastatin) can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, or liver damage. Some people need to stop taking this medicine if these problems occur.
  • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are a female, are 65 years or older, or drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can raise your risk of liver damage while taking Lipitor (atorvastatin).
  • You're more likely to have side effects if you're a female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or take more than one medicine for cholesterol.
  • People with liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes are also more likely to have side effects from Crestor (rosuvastatin).
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant since it can hurt the fetus.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • 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.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol.
  • Tell your doctor if you develop bone or muscle pain.
  • Can be used with other medications to lower cholesterol.
  • Good alternative to statins if you can't tolerate statins or are unable to control cholesterol with statins alone.
  • Can cause diarrhea or increase your chance of getting colds.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
  • Most people reach their target cholesterol levels in 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Don't eat grapefruit and drink grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Also let your doctor know if you notice dark urine or yellowing of your eyes or skin.
  • You'll need to stop taking Pravachol (pravastatin) if you get pregnant.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
  • Most people reach their target cholesterol levels in 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Works best if you take it once a day after your evening meal.
  • 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.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • Can cause backache or headache.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 6 hours after.
  • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
  • Take Niaspan (Niacin) at bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • Don't have alcohol, spicy foods, or hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
  • Can cause make your skin feel hot and change color. Your doctor may tell you to take an aspirin 30 minutes before you take Niaspan (Niacin) to reduce the flushing.
  • Call your doctor if you feel unexplained muscle pain.
  • Niaspan (Niacin) works differently from other medicines you can buy over-the-counter. Don't switch it with other medicines unless your doctor agrees.
  • Can be used with other medications to help lower cholesterol.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • Can raise your chance of getting colds and flu.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
  • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after.
  • Take it in the evening.
  • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
  • Can cause headaches or diarrhea.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle pain.
  • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
  • Don't eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel severe muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Also tell your doctor if you have dark urine or if you notice a yellow tint in your eyes or skin.
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol levels.
  • Don't have more than 2 glasses of alcohol a day since Crestor (rosuvastatin) can cause liver damage.
  • Don't take antacids for at least 2 hours before and after taking Crestor (rosuvastatin).
  • Call your doctor if you have sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Let your doctor know if you have dark urine or a yellow color in your eyes or skin.
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