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👤by MedicineNet.com 0 comments 🕔Tuesday, July 12th, 2016



USES: Simvastatin is used for reducing total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, and for increasing HDL cholesterol. In patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or history of stroke or other cerebrovascular disease, simvastatin is prescribed for reducing the risk of mortality by reducing death from coronary heart disease, reducing nonfatal myocardial infarction (heart attack) and stroke, and reducing the need for coronary and noncoronary revascularization procedures.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of simvastatin are:

headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, muscle pain, and abnormal liver tests. Hypersensitivity reactions

Other side effects include:

memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, confusion, and memory impairment.

MORE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS: The most serious potential side effects are liver damage and muscle inflammation or breakdown. Simvastatin shares side effects, such as liver and muscle damage associated with all statins. Serious liver damage caused by statins is rare. More often, statins cause abnormalities of liver tests. Abnormal tests usually return to normal even if a statin is continued, but if the abnormal test value is greater than three times the upper limit of normal, the statin usually is stopped. Liver tests should be measured before simvastatin is started and if there is a medical concern about liver damage thereafter.

Inflammation of the muscles caused by statins can lead to a serious breakdown of muscle cells called rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis causes the release of muscle protein (myoglobin) into the blood. Myoglobin can cause kidney failure and even death. When used alone, statins cause rhabdomyolysis in less than one percent of patients. To prevent the development of rhabdomyolysis, patients taking simvastatin should contact their health care professional immediately if they develop unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or muscle tenderness.

Statins have been associated with increases in HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels as are seen in diabetes.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/12/2016

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