Zocor is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor called “Statin”, which helps to reduce high cholesterol and triglycerides in patients. Besides this, it also increases the good cholesterol level in the blood. When combined with the right diet, it prevents the risk of heart attacks and death because of coronary heart disease. Regular usage helps to avoid other medical processes to unblock the blood vessels.
Dosage and Directions
- Zocor should be consumed orally with or without food.
- Abstain from consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice while on this medication, as it may trigger severe side effects.
- Never discontinue the medication without informing the doctor, as it may trigger side effects.
- In case you happen to forget to take a dose, then you can take it as soon as you realize it. However, if you remember this close to the time for your next dose, then you should skip the missed dose and continue with your routine.
- Never consume a double dose under any circumstance.
- Follow the instructions of your doctor regarding the dosage and duration of your medication.
- At times, the doctor may recommend lab tests in order to keep a check on the side effects, as well as to monitor the progress of the medicine on the patient.
Zocor should be kept at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F. It should never be kept in places which are easily accessible to kids and pets. Never keep it in the bathroom, or in areas which are too hot, moist or bright.
Word of Warning
- As the active ingredient of Zocor is Simvastatin, patients who are allergic to it or any other component of the medicine should abstain from taking this medicine.
- It is not suitable for patients suffering from liver disorders.
- It is not suitable for pregnant and nursing women.
- Patients taking macrolide antibiotics, HIV protease inhibitors, itraconazole, ketoconazole, mibefradil, nefazodone, or telithromycin should not consume Zocor.
- Patients who are suffering from low blood pressure, diabetes or seizures should not consume Zocor without the consent of the doctor.
- Patients who have recently undergone surgery or are suffering from hormonal or metabolic issues also need to discuss their medical history with the doctor before starting on a dosage of Zocor.
Zocor interacts with azole antifungals, danazol, diltiazem, fibrates, fluconazole, HIV protease inhibitors, imatinib, immunosuppressants, macrolide antibiotics, non- nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, risperidone, streptogramins, verapamil, voriconazole, bosentan, St. John’s wort, Anticoagulants, digoxin, spironolactone and a host of other medicines. Hence it is essential to inform the doctor of your complete medical history along with details of any medication or dietary supplement that you are taking.
- The side effects of Zocor may increase if patients consume alcohol. This will further multiply the risk of liver-related disorders.
- Stick to a proper diet and exercise routine to get better and faster results.
- Inform your doctor if you are undergoing any dental treatment or surgery.
- Zocor may cause harm to the fetus; hence women should use proper contraception while consuming Zocor, lest they become pregnant.
Patients claim that they experience sudden pain in the muscles, abnormal fatigue, rashes, decoloring of the skin, and hair fall. Patients also complain of constipation, skin allergies, pain in the chest, head and stomach, swelling of the limbs, and a host of other side effects.