January 27, 2023

Simvastatin is a medication that controls cholesterol, reducing heart attack and stroke risk. In this week’s video Dr Hart-Pinto breaks down all the important questions you may have about this medication.

Simvastatin is a medication that controls cholesterol reducing heart attack and stroke risk this video will break down all the important questions you may have about this medication simvastatin belongs to a group of medications known as statins these medications control blood cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes statins work by reducing the

Production of ldl cholesterol in the liver this cholesterol is essential to produce bile in your liver because your liver is now not producing cholesterol your liver sources its cholesterol needs from those in your circulating blood this action has the net effect to reduce your blood cholesterol levels is there anyone who should not take simvastatin it’s best to

Speak to your doctor before taking this medication if you have any of the following conditions you have experienced a prior allergic reaction to symphostatin or other statins you suffer from liver disease or have a high alcohol intake you have hypothyroidism also known as underactive thyroid and additionally individuals with a history of muscle disorders may be

Increased risk of side effects is simvastatin safe for use in pregnancy and breastfeeding simvastatin is not safe for use in pregnancy this medication can harm your baby you must stop this medication at least three months before attempting to conceive if you’re planning to get pregnant discuss this with your doctor early additionally if you’re sexually active you

Must use effective contraception manufacturers of simvastatin also advise avoiding the use of this medication if you’re breastfeeding what is the correct dose of synthetic simvastatin doses typically range between 10 milligrams and 80 milligrams once a day the dose prescribed will be dependent on your doctor’s reason for starting this medication it’s also quite

Common for your doctor to review your blood test after at least four weeks to optimize your dosing how should i take my symphostatin simvastatin should be taken once daily usually at night you can take this medication with or without food but always take simvastatin with a large glass of water how long will i need to take my medication most individuals prescribe

Sympathy will usually continue taking this medication life long over the long term keeping blood cholesterol controlled will help reduce the risk for heart attacks and strokes how long does it take for simvastatin to work simvastatin usually takes about four weeks to show the needed improvement in your cholesterol levels therefore your prescribing doctor will usually

Request a blood test around this time to assess your response to treatment most prior to commencing symphostatin will not have experienced any signs or symptoms of high cholesterol therefore you’re unlikely to feel any different whilst you’re taking this medication are there any foods i should avoid if you’re taking sibostatin you should avoid grapefruit this is

Because grapefruits contain a chemical that interfere with your body’s ability to naturally break down the statins therefore grapefruit significantly increases blood levels of symphostatin and increases your risk of side effects can i drink alcohol with this medication drinking alcohol alongside your medication is safe providing you do so in moderation drinking

Alcohol in excess can have a negative effect increasing your risk of side effects i’ve missed my dose what should i do if you forget to take your simvastatin on time do not worry take it as soon as you remember however if you only remember the following day skip the mistos remember to take your next dose at the regular time do not take a double dose to make up

For a missed one i’ve accidentally taken too much medication accidentally taking an extra dose of silverstatin is unlikely to be harmful however if you’re concerned that you may have taken more than this it’s probably best to consult your doctor are there any side effects fortunately most will not experience any side effects however as with all medications side

Effects can occur some common side effects you should discuss with your doctor are headaches dizziness sleep disturbance tiredness or feeling weak nausea indigestion flatulence constipation or diarrhea a lowering of your blood platelets and mild muscle aches really people may experience more concerning side effects the primary concern when taking statins is the

Development of muscle inflammation and damage therefore if you experience muscle pain weakness or tenderness it’s important you consult your prescribing doctor the presence of muscle breakdown can be confirmed with a blood test called ck where elevated levels indicate muscle damage in these cases your doctor will ask you to stop your medication later considering an

Alternative or restarting at a lower dose if you experience any of the following please consult with your doctor urgently altered sensation inflammation of the liver where sufferers may experience flu-like symptoms or inflammation of the pancreas associated with abdominal pain of course allergic reactions are concerning as they may be life-threatening fortunately

Life-threatening allergic reactions are rare those experiencing serious allergic reactions should call emergency services for assistance symptoms of a severe allergic reaction can include swelling of the face lips mouth and throat difficulty breathing wheezing or chest tightness and an allergic skin rash i hope this video has supplied the answers you were looking

For thank you for watching we’ll see you in the next one bye you

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SIMVASTATIN (Zocor) | What All Patients Need to Know By JHP Medical UK