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Zocor (simvastatin)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol.

Zocor (simvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 1176 reviewsforsimvastatin
Lowers cholesterol.

Trilipix is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk.

2.9/ 5 average rating with 68 reviewsforTrilipix
Upsides
  • 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 triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Good medicine for lowering triglycerides.
Downsides
  • 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).
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
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Reviews
1176 reviews so far
61%
saidit'sworth it
48%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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68 reviews so far
50%
saidit'sworth it
22%
saiditworked well
25%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
14possible side effects
  • Bronchitis
    7%
  • Abdominal pain
    6%
  • Atrial fibrillation
    6%
  • Stomach problems
    5%
  • Balance problems
    5%
  • Eczema
    5%
  • Diabetes
    4%
  • Muscle pain
    4%
  • Insomnia
    4%
  • Edema/swelling
    3%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Infection, urinary tract
    3%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Sinus infection
    2%
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The Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Muscle pain and kidney damage
    • Kidney disease
    • High dose of Zocor (simvastatin)
    • Combining Zocor (simvastatin) with other cholesterol-lowering drugs
    • Older age
    • Female gender
  • Liver damage
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • History of chronic liver disease
  • Harm to unborn baby
    • Pregnancy
    • Breast feeding
  • Drug interactions
    • Certain drugs can increase the dose of Zocor (simvastatin) in the body
  • High blood sugar
    • History of high blood sugar
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  • Muscle pain
    • Taking Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) with statins
  • Liver damage
    • Past history of liver disease
  • Gallstones
  • Increased bleeding risk
    • Taking Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) with anticoagulants
  • Pancreatitis
  • Changes in blood tests
  • Skin reactions
  • Blood clots
  • Increased risk for colds and flu
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