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Brand Name: Zimva
Generic Name: Simvastatin
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Simvastatin 20mg is an enzyme blocker (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor), also known as a "statin". Simvastatin 20mg is used along with a proper diet to help lower cholesterol and fats (triglycerides) in the blood. In general, Simvastatin 20mg is prescribed after non-drug treatment options have not been fully successful at lowering cholesterol (e.g., diet change, increase in exercise, weight loss if overweight). Reducing cholesterol and triglycerides help prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Simvastatin 20mg is used in adults and children (10 years of age and older). Young girls must have had their menstrual periods for at least one year before starting Simvastatin 20mg.
How To Use Simvastatin
Before taking Simvastatin 20mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other "statins"; or if you have any other allergies.
Simvastatin 20mg should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: active liver disease.
Before using Simvastatin 20mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: history of liver disease, kidney disease, alcohol use.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Simvastatin 20mg.
Limit alcoholic beverages. Daily use of alcohol may increase your chance for serious side effects.
Caution is advised when using Simvastatin 20mg in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the side effects of the drug, especially muscle damage.
Simvastatin 20mg must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. It is recommended that young girls and women of child-bearing age use effective birth control measures to prevent pregnancy while taking Simvastatin 20mg since Simvastatin 20mg may cause harm to an unborn baby.
It is not known if Simvastatin 20mg passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk of undesirable effects on a nursing infant, breast-feeding is not recommended while using Simvastatin 20mg. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
The preceding information is intended to heighten awareness of health information and does not suggest diagnosis or treatment. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.
Store between 41 and 86 degrees F (5 and 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Simvastatin Side Effects
Stomach upset may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Simvastatin 20mg because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Simvastatin 20mg do not have serious side effects.
Simvastatin 20mg may infrequently cause muscle problems (which can rarely lead to a very serious condition called rhabdomyolysis). Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms: muscle pain/tenderness/weakness (especially with fever or unusual tiredness), change in the amount of urine.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: yellowing eyes and skin, dark urine, severe fatigue, stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea.
A serious allergic reaction to Simvastatin 20mg is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US you may report side effects to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at 1-800-FDA-1088. In Canada, you may call Health Canada at 1-866-234-234