Brand Name: Zocor
Generic Name: Simvastatin
Zocor is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins". Simvastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). Zocor is used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood.
Zocor is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors.
Zocor is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old.
Zocor is usually taken at bedtime or with an evening meal. If you take Zocor more than once daily, take it with meals. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. You may need to stop using Zocor for a short time if you have surgery or a medical emergency.
To be sure Zocor is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
Take Zocor exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Zocor will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.
You should not take Zocor if you are allergic to simvastatin, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease. Stop taking Zocor and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
Before you order Zocor, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver or kidney disease, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder, if you are of Chinese descent, or if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Zocor and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.