Drug Class: What is Zocor and why is it prescibed?
Zocor Mechanism: How does Zocor work?
Zocor Dosage: How should you take Zocor?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Zocor
Special information on Zocor
Zocor side effects
|Drug Class: What is Zocor and why is it prescibed?|
|Generic Zocor is one of the brand names for Simvastatin, which is a cholesterol-lowering drug. Your doctor may prescribe buying Generic Zocor/Simvastatin in addition to a cholesterol-lowering diet if your blood cholesterol level is too high, and if you have been unable to lower it by diet alone.|
|Zocor Mechanism: How does Zocor work?|
|Generic Zocor/Simvastatin inhibits the production of cholesterol by the liver. Generic Zocor lowers overall blood cholesterol as well as blood LDL cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol is believed to be the \"bad\" cholesterol that is primarily responsible for the development of coronary artery disease. Lowering LDL cholesterol levelsretards progression and may even reverse coronary artery disease.|
|Zocor Dosage: How should you take Zocor?|
Buy Generic Zocor/Simvastatin and take it exactly as prescribed. It may be taken
on an empty or full stomach. You will have to follow a standard cholesterol-lowering
diet before starting treatment with Generic Zocor and continue this diet while
using Generic Zocor. All Generic Zocor doses should be adjusted to your individual
Generic Zocor dosage for adults: The usual starting dose of Generic Zocor is 20 milligrams once a day in the evening. If your cholesterol is especially high, the doctor may start with a dose of Generic Zocor 40 milligrams. The Generic Zocor dosage can be adjusted every 4 weeks. Some people with severe, hereditary high cholesterol may be prescribed as much as 80 milligrams a day, taken in doses of 20, 20, and 40 milligrams, along with other treatments. Those who have severe kidney disease should buy zocor with caution. The recommended starting dose of Generic Zocor is 5 milligrams per day. When combined with cyclosporine, niacin, Atromid-S, Lopid, or Tricor, the dosage of Generic Zocorshould not exceed 10 milligrams a day. When combined with Calan or Cordarone, the dosage of Generic Zocor should not exceed 20 milligrams a day.
If you miss a dose of Generic Zocor: Take Generic Zocor as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose of Generic Zocor, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses of Generic Zocor at once.
Overdose of Generic Zocor: Although no specific information about Generic Zocor overdose is available, any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Generic Zocor, seek medical attention immediately
Storage instructions for Generic Zocor: Generic Zocor Tablets should be stored at room temperature in a tightly closed container.
Preparation of Generic Zocor:
Generic Zocor tablets: Generic Zocor 5 mg, Generic Zocor 10 mg, Generic Zocor 20 mg, Generic Zocor 40 mg
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Zocor|
Generic Zocor/Simvastatin is generally well- tolerated. Generic Zocor medication should be used with caution in patients with alcohol or other liver diseases. Persistently abnormal liver tests during treatment are rare, but may lead to a discontinuation of the medication. Rare cases of muscle inflammation (myositis) and breakdown have been reported with Generic Zocor/Simvastatin. Muscle breakdown causes the release of muscle protein (myoglobin) into the blood and kidney tubules, resulting in acute kidney failure. The risk of muscle breakdown is increased when Generic Zocor/Simvastatin is given together with other medications such as cyclosporine (Sandimmune), gemfibrozil (Lopid), erythromycin and nicotinic acid. Generic Zocor/Simvastatin may interact with cholestyramine (Questran), warfarin (Coumadin), and cimetidine (Tagamet) to alter the blood levels of these medicines.
When Coumadin is given together with simvastatin, blood clotting times require monitoring to avoid excessive blood thinning and bleeding. Simvastatin should not be used in children. Generic Zocor/Simvastatin is not habit forming. Combining it with the following drugs increases the chance of muscle damage: Amiodarone (Cordarone), Clarithromycin (Biaxin), Clofibrate (Atromid-S), Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral), Erythromycin (PCE and others), Fenofibrate (Tricor), Gemfibrozil (Lopid), Itraconazole (Sporanox), Ketoconazole (Nizoral), Nefazodone (Serzone), Nicotinic acid or niacin (Niaspan), Protease inhibitors (used in the treatment of HIV), including Agenerase, Crixivan, Fortovase, Invirase, Norvir, and Viracept, Verapamil (Calan), If you are taking Generic Zocor with any of these drugs (or with large quantities of grapefruit juice) alert your doctor immediately at the first sign of muscle pain or weakness. If you need to take erythromycin, Biaxin, Nizoral, or Sporanox, the doctor may temporarily take you off buying Generic Zocor.
|Special information on Zocor|
|You must not become pregnant while taking Generic Zocor. Generic Zocor lowers cholesterol, and cholesterol is needed for a baby to develop properly. If you do become pregnant while taking Generic Zocor, notify your doctor right away. Based on studies of other cholesterol-lowering drugs, it is assumed that Generic Zocor could appear in breast milk and could cause severe adverse effects in a nursing baby. Do not buy Generic Zocor and take it while breastfeeding your baby.|
|Zocor side effects|
Generic Zocor side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine whether it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Zocor.
More common Generic Zocor side effects: May include abdominal pain, headache.
Less common zocor side effects of Generic Zocor: May include constipation, diarrhea, gas, muscle weakness with rash, nausea, upper respiratory infection, upset stomach, weakness.
Major Generic Zocor side effects: May include abdominal pain or cramps, blurred vision, dizziness, easy bruising or bleeding, itching, muscle pain or cramps, rash, and yellowing of the skin or eyes.
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