Zocor is a trademark of simvastatin, a prescription drug used to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.
By lowering cholesterol, statins help to prevent the accumulation of plaques in the blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease.
Your doctor will prescribe Zocor, offering you a healthy diet and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and other problems.
Zocor, manufactured by Merck & Co., was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991.
Zocor is available in the form of tablets and in the form of tablets for resorption.
Zocor and erectile dysfunction
Although some studies have found a link between statins and erectile dysfunction (ED), more recent studies have shown that statins can indeed improve erectile function.
If you take a dose of 80 milligrams (the highest), you are at an increased risk of muscle problems.
Pregnancy and Zocor
Zocor should not be taken to women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.
If you are planning a pregnancy, you should consider the option to stop taking Zocor. If you become pregnant while taking the medication, you should stop using it.
Zocor was not found in breast milk. However, experts advise that women do not breast-feed while taking this drug.
Common side effects
Among the side effects:
- Pain in the stomach, nausea
- Problems with memory
Although these side effects may be common, most of them are not sufficient grounds for patients to stop taking the medication. Tell your doctor if they persist or seem serious.
Serious side effects
The following side effects can be serious, so you need to call your doctor right away or get medical help if one of them is found.
- Weakness or pain in muscles
- Reduction of urination, dark or dark red urine
- Fever, chills
- Itching, swelling of the face or other parts of the body
- Pain in the upper right abdomen
- Problems with breathing, hoarseness
- Loss of appetite
- Joint pain
Some drugs interact with Zocor and should be avoided.
- Itraconazole (Sporanox)
- Posaconazole (Noxafil)
- Voriconazole (Vfend)
- E-Mycin, Erythrocin, EES
- Telaprevir (Incivek)
- Nefazodone (Serzone)
Other drugs may also interact with Zocor. For this reason, be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications and procedures that you are treating.
Zocor and alcohol
If you are taking Zocor, you should avoid drinking too much alcohol. Ask your doctor about whether you can consume it and how much.
Zocor and grapefruit
Avoid grapefruit juice and grapefruit, taking Zocor. It can lead to too much medication remaining in your body, which can increase the risk of side effects.
Zocor tablets are available in dosages of 5, 10, 20, 40 and 80 mg.
Usually the initial dose is 10 or 20 mg once a day, in the evening. If you have a high risk of heart disease, the initial dose is 40 mg per day.
A dose of 80 mg is associated with an increased risk of muscle problems, so it should only be used by those who took Zocor for 12 months or longer without muscle problems.
The recommended initial dose for adolescents is 10 mg per day, maximum 40 mg per day.
If you have taken too much Zocor, call your doctor immediately or contact an emergency department. Several cases of overdose have been reported.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if the time is nearing the next scheduled dose, skip it. Just continue with your usual schedule and never double the dose.