What is the difference between atorvastatin and simvastatin?
In summary, when comparing their highest doses, atorvastatin exhibits greater potency as a statin compared to simvastatin. However, it is important to note that both simvastatin and atorvastatin are effective in reducing cholesterol levels.
What are simvastatin tablets?
Simvastatin is a cholesterol-lowering drug. It belongs to a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors or statins. It is used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Meds for less offer simvastatin tablets with the following strengths:
Simvastatin is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other complications in people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors.
Simvastatin is used in adults and children who are 10 years or older.
Meds for Less provides other extensive selection of medications to address elevated cholesterol levels.
How does simvastatin work?
Simvastatin functions by decreasing the production of cholesterol in the liver, thereby reducing levels of harmful cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing beneficial cholesterol. This mechanism of action effectively mitigates the risk of heart disease and aids in the prevention of strokes and heart attacks.
In conjunction with maintaining a healthy diet, there are additional lifestyle modifications that can enhance the effectiveness of this medication. These include weight loss, regular exercise, and cessation of smoking. For further information, it is advisable to consult your doctor, who can provide more detailed guidance.
What are the benefits of taking Simvastatin?
Simvastatin is prescribed to effectively reduce levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and triglycerides, which are harmful to the body, while simultaneously increasing levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, which is beneficial.
By achieving this balance, Simvastatin significantly reduces the likelihood of developing heart disease, minimizes the risk of strokes, and helps prevent heart attacks.
How do I use Simvastatin?
Prior to initiating Simvastatin treatment, it is essential to carefully review the patient information leaflet that comes with the package of the medication or provided by your pharmacist.
i)Simvastatin pill: Take Simvastatin by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily in the evening. If you are using the tablet form of Simvastatin, you take it with or without a meal.
ii)Simvastatin liquid form: If you are using the liquid form of this medication, take it in an empty stomach. Shake the bottle well at least 20 seconds before each dose. Carefully measure the dose by using a special measuring device or spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
iiI) Simvastatin dosage: Your dosage of Simvastatin is based on your medical condition, response to the treatment, age, and other medications you may be taking. Tell your doctor all the medicines you are currently taking.
The usual maximum dose for Simvastatin is 40 mg per day. If you have been instructed by your doctor to take more than 40 mg, continue with the same dose. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking Simvastatin at a higher dose.
Do not increase your dose or take this medication more than what is prescribed by your doctor. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may be increased.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using Simvastatin unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Grapefruit can increase the amount of Simvastatin in your bloodstream. Ask your doctor for more details.
Take Simvastatin regularly to get the most benefit from it. Take it at about the same time each day to help you remember when to take a dose.
Continue taking Simvastatin even if you feel well. Most people with high cholesterol or triglycerides do not feel sick.
It is very important to follow your doctor’s advice about diet and exercise. It may take up to 4 weeks before you get the full benefit of this medication.
Side effects of Simvastatin
Your doctor has prescribed this medication because they have deemed that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication did not experience serious side effects.
i) Memory and confusion: A very small number of people taking Simvastatin may have mild memory problems or confusion. If these effects occur, consult with your doctor.
ii) Simvastatin & diabetes: Rarely, statins may cause or worsen diabetes. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks.
iii) Simvastatin & muscle pain: Simvastatin may rarely cause muscle problems that can at times lead to a very serious condition called rhabdomyolysis and autoimmune myopathy. Tell your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms during the treatment and if the symptoms persist after your doctor stops this drug: muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, and signs of kidney problems.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially muscle problems.
iv)Simvastatin & liver problems: This medication may rarely cause liver problems. If you notice any of the following rare but serious side effects, tell your doctor immediately: yellowing of the eyes or skin dark urine, persistent nausea or vomiting, and severe stomach or abdominal pain.
V) Simvastatin & allergies: A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including rash, itching or swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
Before taking Simvastatin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it, or if you have other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
vii)Simvastatin & substance use: Limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages while taking Simvastatin. Daily use of alcohol may increase your risk for liver problems, especially when combined with simvastatin.
viii)Simvastatin & pregnancy: Simvastatin must not be used during pregnancy. Simvastatin may harm an unborn baby. It is important that you prevent pregnancy while taking this medication. Consult your doctor for a reliable form of birth control while taking Simvastatin. If you become pregnant while you are taking Simvastatin, report it to your doctor immediately.
It is not known if Simvastatin passes into breast milk. Breastfeeding while using Simvastatin may possibly be risky to the infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
ix) Simvastatin & other medications: Drug interactions with Simvastatin, may change how medications work or increase their side effects. Share with your doctor a list of all the medications you are taking so he can determine if any of them will interact with Simvastatin.
x)Simvastatin & red yeast: Do not take any red yeast rice products while taking Simvastatin. Red yeast rice products may also contain a statin called lovastatin, which could increase your risk of serious muscle and liver problems.
Share with your doctor your medical history before taking this medication, especially of liver or kidney disease, and alcohol use.
Tell your healthcare professional about the products you use before you undergo a surgical procedure.
Buy Simvastatin online
You can safely buy Simvastatin online at Meds For Less. You will first need to have an online consultation with a pharmacist-independent prescriber before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Simvastatin is the right medication for your medical condition.