What is Simvastatin?
Simvastatin (also known as Zocor) is an effective statin medication used in the treatment of high cholesterol. It helps to decrease the levels of unhealthy cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) in the blood, which in turn can reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems. In addition to a change in lifestyle and diet, other changes that can help the efficacy of the medication include exercising and stopping smoking.
How does it work?
Simvastatin lowers cholesterol by inhibiting the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme present in the liver that is responsible for controlling the body’s production of cholesterol. When this enzyme is obstructed, the liver generates less cholesterol. In addition, Simvastatin improves the liver’s ability to absorb LDL (bad cholesterol) from the blood and remove it from the body thus reducing blood cholesterol levels.
When taken with a healthy diet and exercise, Simvastatin tablets can effectively:
- Reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the blood which in turn can promote the activity of HDL (high density lipoprotein)
- Reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease or angina
- May help patients who have previously suffered from stroke or other heart complications
Who can use Simvastatin?
Simvastatin tablets are available for use by people over the age of 18 suffering from high cholesterol who may be at risk of heart disease. As it is a prescription treatment, it is not recommended for everyone, therefore, it is important that any medical conditions or medications you are currently taking are included when filling out the consultation form.
Who cannot take Simvastatin?
Not everyone with high cholesterol can buy Simvastatin for use. This includes:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- Those who have undergone a surgical procedure or are preparing for surgery
- People that consume high quantities of alcohol often,/li>
- Those with heart problems, kidney problems or liver disease
- Diabetic sufferers
- People suffering from seizures, a history of stroke or a family history of hypercholesterolemia
Please ensure you fill out the consultation form accurately so that the doctor can advise if this treatment is suitable or if an alternative treatment may be available instead.
Simvastatin high cholesterol medication is easy to use, but please ensure you read the patient leaflet carefully to understand all the usage applications and limits. Standard use applications
- It is available in doses of 10mg, 20mg, 40mg and 80mg.
- The medicine is to be used once every day, in the evening, preferably with a meal.
- Whilst taking Simvastatin, you should ensure you undergo regular blood tests to ensure that the medicine is effective in lowering your cholesterol levels.
- Try to take the Simvastatin tablet around the same time each day
- If you forget to take a dose of the treatment, do make sure you take it as soon as you remember and never take two tablets at once
Ensure you avoid eating grapefruit or strong citrus fruits as they do not combine well with the medication and may reduce its effectiveness. Exercise and the right diet is essential when using this treatment. It may also take up to one month to obtain the full benefit from this treatment, so it is important to use it continuously unless stated otherwise by your doctor.
Simvastatin Side Effects
Side effects are quite unlikely when using this treatment, although some people have reported muscle aches and joint pain when using Simvastatin (rosuvastatin). Other possible side effects that could be experienced include:
- Sleep disorders, memory loss, increased urination, depression and respiratory problems
These should get better or even cease as the body understands the treatment and becoems used to the dosage. More severe side effects are quite uncommon and would require urgent medical attention if they occur. These may include:
- Pain or burning sensation when urinating
- Allergic reactions characterised by swelling of the throat, lips, face, or tongue or difficulty breathing.
If you experience side effects that are similar to an allergic reaction, seek medical help as soon as possible. For full details regarding the side effects of this treatment please see the patient information leaflet.
Can I buy Simvastatin online without prescription?
At Meds4All, you can buy Simvastatin online even if you do not currently hold a prescription for it. The initial step is to complete a brief online medical consultation that takes less than 5 mins. This consultation is reviewed by one of the doctors, where the decision is made as to the product’s suitability. If accepted, the prescription will be forwarded to our pharmacy where your treatment will be packed and posted to you within 24 hours at home or work.
FAQs – Simvastatin
What are statins used for?
Statins are used to lower high cholesterol levels in the body, in particular, reducing the amount of LDL (low density lipoprotein) produced by the liver thereby lowering the chance of future vascular problems
How do statins work to lower cholesterol in the body?
HMG-CoA is the active enzyme that produces LDL (bad) cholesterol in the liver. Statins are in a class of medication known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors that work by inhibiting the action of this enzyme which in turn reduces the amount of LDL produced whilst positively affecting HDL.
What are the different types of statins available?
In the UK, there are currently 5 types of statins available for the treatment of high cholesterol, these include:
- Simvastatin, fluvastatin, atorvastatin, pravastatin and rosuvastatin
Whilst all these statins work in the same way to lower LDL (low density lipoproteins) production, they also have minor differences that are beneficial for specific users. For example, certain statins as well as reducing the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol also promote increased levels of HDL ‘good’ cholesterol. Other statins work for a longer period in the body, whilst others are absorbed by the body at a faster rate.
Can I lower my risk of heart disease if I lower my cholesterol?
Yes, consistently high levels of cholesterol in particular LDL (bad) can have a long term effect on the body’s vascular function. This is due to the plaque build up in the arteries due to fatty deposits because of the lipids and triglycerides contained in LDL. By lowering your cholesterol levels, the body does not have to work harder to pump blood around the body, and there is less chance of cardiac arrest, as the arterial walls would not be clogged up by the fatty deposits.
Can statins increase the risk of diabetes?
It has been highly debated regarding the link of statins and diabetes, and the question – can statins cause diabetes? Studies have shown that the use of statins can increase the blood sugar levels in the body which could lead to type 2 diabetes. It is essential that tests are carried out before and during statin treatment as your doctor can safely advise if it is wise to continue statin treatment. In general terms though, it is said that the benefits of statin treatment outweigh the risks.
Does Simvastatin cause joint pain and aching muscles?
Although not a certainty with every user, muscle and joint pain are some of the side effects that can be experienced when using Simvastatin. Although not common if muscular joint pains are consistently being experienced then it is advised to inform your doctor who may discontinue the treatment and provide a viable alternative.
What happens if I stop taking Simvastatin?
As with other statin treatments, suddenly stopping your use of statin treatments may cause a mild adverse effect on the body, as it is not receiving its daily statin dose. If you are looking to stop taking Simvastatin, then it is advised that you wean yourself of it slowly. It is best to ask your doctor for alternative treatments or supplements that make it easier to stop.