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Simvastatin - Overview
Simvastatin, marketed under the name Zocor, is a medication used in conjunction with dietary changes to help reduce the levels of different types of cholesterol. People in need of a simvastatin prescription can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe simvastatin, including generic simvastatin 20 mg and 40 mg tablets, when appropriate to do so.
What Is Simvastatin Used For?
Simvastatin, like atorvastatin (Lipitor), ezetimibe (Zetia), pravastatin (Pravachol) and rosuvastatin (Crestor), belongs to a class of medications known as statins. Technically, simvastatin is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor medication indicated to help reduce the risk of mortality by reducing the risk of non-fatal myocardial infarction, stroke and overall CHD deaths in certain patients. Simvastatin is also used to lower high total-C, LDL-C, Apo B, and triglyceride levels in certain patients. Simvastatin is synthetically produced from Aspergillus terreus. Simvastatin and grapefruit juice interact and large quantities of grapefruit juice should be avoided when using simvastatin. Simvastatin is combined with the drug ezetimibe to form the medication Vytorin.
Generic Simvastatin - Dosage
Simvastatin itself is a crystalline powder that is insoluble in water and white in color. Simvastatin is available as simvastatin 5 mg tablets, simvastatin 10 mg tablets, simvastatin 20 mg tablets, simvastatin 40 mg tablets, and simvastatin 80 mg tablets. The typical starting dose recommended for simvastatin is 10 mg daily in the evening. Following oral administration, simvastatin is metabolized to an acidic metabolite that blocks the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme, limiting the synthesis of cholesterol. Simvastatin concentrations peak in the plasma at approximately 4 hours and simvastatin undergoes extensive metabolism in the liver. Once metabolized in the body, the majority of simvastatin metabolites are excreted in the feces. Simvastatin is affordable, costing under 10 cents per generic simvastatin 20 mg tablet. Some insurance plans will cover the costs associated with a simvastatin prescription and simvastatin coupons may also be available online.
Can I Buy Simvastatin Online?
Simvastatin is only available by prescription in the United States meaning that one needs to get a simvastatin prescription from a medical provider before a pharmacy will dispense simvastatin tablets. Simvastatin is not available over the over the counter and one cannot just buy simvastatin online. However, people who need a simvastatin prescription can use connect with medical providers through Push Health who can prescribe simvastatin when appropriate to do so.
Simvastatin - Side Effects
Simvastatin can cause side effects when used. Side effects from simvastatin use include headache, upper respiratory infection, nausea, constipation and abdominal pain. Myopathy and rhabdomyolysis have been reported in association with simvastatin use. People with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to simvastatin should not use the medication. Simvastatin should not be used at the same time as strong CYP3A4 inhibitors, danazol, gemfibrozil or cyclosporine. People with liver disease should not use simvastatin. Simvastatin and alcohol should not be used concomitantly. Any concerns about possible side effects related to simvastatin use should be directed to a medical provider and pharmacist.
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Last updated December 14, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.