June 3, 2023

Discuss of the drug simvastatin

Hello my name is michelle and today i will be discussing with you a drug called zocor or simvastatin this medication is in the drug family called statins so core is used to treat high levels of cholesterol in the blood and according to the american heart association statins like zocor are the only cholesterol-lowering drug class that has been directly associated

With a reduction in the risk of heart attack or stroke cell court works by blocking the enzyme in the liver needed to produce cholesterol now cholesterol is produced in the liver so tzimmes that inhibits the liver from producing as much cholesterol this reduces the amount of cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream simba set and lowers total cholesterol lowers

Ldl which is your bad cholesterol and raises hdl which is your good cholesterol now simvastatin is available in two forms tablets and liquid and either of these are usually taken at bedtime the liver produces most of the cholesterol that it will make at night so when you take your medications at this time it also does the best once taken this medicine is absorbed

Into the bloodstream from the gi tract the statin then travels to the liver where it is broken down the excess is excreted through the kidneys in urine like any other drug symma statin has several possible side effects ranging from the mild to severe some of these side effects are upset stomach sweating filling hot and flushed dizziness and they can go up to muscle

And liver damage individuals with liver damage should not take this drug because the risk of further injury to the liver this drug may cause your muscles to break down this can cause dark colored urine diarrhea fever muscle pain or stiffness and weakness and this condition if left untreated can damage your kidneys when taking simvastatin individuals also need to

Be mindful of their alcohol intake as well as any other medications they are taking that may also be processed through the liver yellowing of the skin and eyes may be a sign of liver damage so this is something you also need to be watching out for symma setting should not be used during pregnancy due to the potential harm to the unborn child studies have shown that

Children over the age of 10 can safely take the drug at a proper dose but there is limited data on the effects of this medication in children under 10 and it should not be prescribed post puberty girls should be educated on the need of birth control while taking this or any statin in the elderly there is no evidence for limiting the use of the medication only based

On age but providers should examine other comorbid comorbidities that may worsen the side effects in senior patients in closing simvastatin is an effective drug in treating high cholesterol it should be used with the healthy diet and exercise to manage cholesterol thank you

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