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USES: Simvastatin is used to lower cholesterol and fats in the blood to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
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Simvastatin is used to lower cholesterol and fats in the blood to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
- Your doctor may periodically perform lab tests during treatment to monitor your progress.
- For best results, exercise regularly and follow a doctor- approved, low-fat, low-cholesterol diet.
- Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and heat.
- Do not store in the bathroom.
ZOCOR 40 MG TABLET
- This medication may be taken without regard to meals.
- If you are taking this drug once daily, take it with the evening meal or at bedtime as directed.
- It may take a few weeks to months before the full effects of this medication are noticed.
- This drug must be taken regularly to keep cholesterol low.
- Stomach upset, gas, heartburn, change of taste, diarrhea, constipation, skin rash, headache, dizziness or blurred vision may occur the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication.
- If these effects persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
- Notify MD promptly if you experience muscle ache/pain, fever, unusual tiredness or weakness, vision changes or yellowing eyes and skin.
- If this medication makes you dizzy or lightheaded, avoid driving or engaging in activities requiring alertness.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Before taking simvastatin tell your doctor if you have liver disease, a severe infection, kidney disease, heart disease, low thyroid function, history of alcoholism or any allergies, especially drug allergies.
- Limit alcohol intake, as this may aggravate drug side effects.
- Simvastatin should not be used during pregnancy.
- If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
- It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk.
- Because of the possible adverse effects to the infant breast-feeding is not recommended.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose.
- Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the doses.
- Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including warfarin, cyclosporine, erythromycin, gemfibrozil, cholestyramine, niacin azole antifungal drugs (e.g., itraconazole), clarithromycin and nefazodone.
- Avoid grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor specifically instructs you otherwise.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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