What is it used for?
SIMVASTATIN is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This drug may also reduce the risk of the heart attack, stroke, or other health problems for patients with the risk factors for heart or blood vessel disease. Diet and lifestyle changes are often used with this drug.
What should I discuss with my physician prior to taking this medicine?
Please do tell your physician if you have any of the following conditions:
- frequent user of alcoholic beverages
- kidney diseasess
- liver diseasess
- muscle aches or weakness
- other medical condition
- an unusual or allergic reaction to simvastatin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How is this medicine should be taken?
Take it orally accompanied with a glass of water. You can take this medicine with or without food. Your doses should be taken at the regular intervals. You should never take this medicine more often than prescribed.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine by children. Special care might be necessary.
Overdosage: If you suspect an overdosage, get in touch with the nearest poison control center or emergency room immediately.
NOTE: This medicine is only intended for your use. You should never share it with the others.
What to do if I missed a dose?
If you missed a dose, it should be taken as soon as possible. If the time has almost come for the next dose, only that one should be taken. You should never take double or extra doses; a single doze is sufficient for the purposes.
What are the possible interactions with the other medicine/food/etc?
This medicine should never be taken with any of the following drugs:
- medicines for fungal infections like itraconazole, ketoconazole
- other medicines for high cholesterol
- red yeast rice
- some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin
- some medicines for HIV infection like amprenavir, indinavir, ritonavir
It may also trigger possible interactions with the following:
- grapefruit juice
This list is not all-inclusive. Provide your health care provider with a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements that you use. Also tell them whether you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some of those items may also interact with your medicine.
Is there anything I should pay attention to while taking it?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for the regular check-ups. You may need to have the regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly.
Tell you doctor or health care professional right away if you get any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever and tiredness.
This drug is only part of a total heart-health program. Your doctor or a dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet to help. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.
Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Serious side effects to an unborn child or to an infant are possible. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
If you are going to a have surgery tell your health care professional that you are taking this drug.
Some drugs may increase the risk of side effects from simvastatin. If you are given certain antibiotics or antifungals, your doctor or health care professional may have you to stop taking simvastatin for a short time. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Does this medicine have any possible side effects?
The following side effects should be reported to your doctor or health care professional as soon as they are noticed:
- allergic reactions like skin rashes, itching or hives,face, lips, or tongue swelling
- dark urine
- joint pain
- muscle cramps, pain
- redness, blistering, skin peeling or loosening, including inside the mouth
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
- unusual weakness or feeling tired
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
The side effects listed below usually do not necessarily require any medical attention (please do report them to your physician if they are recurrent or bothersome):
- stomach gas, pain, upset
Other side effects are also possible, the above list is not all inclusive.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep this medicine out of the children’s reach.
Store it at the room temperature below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Dispose of any unused medicine after the expiry date is reached.