My doctor wants to put me on Simvastatin (Zocor)?
I have to admit I have changed me eating habits do to my financial situation and I drive a bus for a living now. My total cholesterol is 199triglyceride 72hdl 35ldl 150The doctor pointed out that my ldl is too high and should be below 100I do take fish oil daily and when I get the opportunity I do...
Asked by Aracely Tackette 4 months ago.
I have to admit I have changed me eating habits do to my financial situation and I drive a bus for a living now. My total cholesterol is 199 triglyceride 72 hdl 35 ldl 150 The doctor pointed out that my ldl is too high and should be below 100 I do take fish oil daily and when I get the opportunity I do exercise, i.e., run or swim. I am already taking 20mg of lisinopril. I am 42, 5'11' and I weigh about 183. Thank you in advance. Answered by Viola Fedorchak 4 months ago.
Zocor is part of a group of choletserol lowering agents called statin drugs, hence the name Simvastatin. Zocor actually prevents the production of cholesterol, keeping it from building up in the body. It will reduce the amount of LDL and overall cholesterol in your bloodstream, allowing blood to flow normally through the arteries and preventing atherosclerosis. Lisinopril is an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. It is used to treat conditions such as CAD (coronary artery disease). There are no drug-drug interactions between Zocor (Simvastatin) and Zestril (Lisinopril). Your doctor is wise to prescribe Zocor for your cholesterol. Make sure you discuss everything and anything that should be noted about your health and these medications. Answered by Lolita Piesco 4 months ago.
Sounds good, I have a few comments: Rarely, lisinopril can it self cause high cholesterol levels due to it impairing the flow of bile into the intestine, the condition is called cholestasis, and is due to liver damage not blocked flow from a gall stone. Adding together drugs with a potential for liver toxicity increases the risk, therefore avoid or limit alcohol and tylenol (acetaminophen). See the [email protected] website, search Zocor and click on label information to get a listing of side effects and known drug interactions. If you eat much red meat, then I suggest you broil it in the oven so the fat can drip off. Hydrogenated vegetable oil is in many processed foods, sometimes they advertise 0% trans fats, but this number reflects low portion size and rounding the numbers to 0. Trans fats go in but they don't want to leave the body, their discovery in the early 1900's made nationwide distribution of baked goods like cookies possible. The cookies can stay on the shelf for months because bacteria don't know what to do with trans fats either. Answered by Chun Faus 4 months ago.
Yes your LDL is high and your HDL is low. You need to reduce your weight and exercise more. If you have a family history of heart problems, then perhaps you need to consider a statin and niacin. Answered by Hermina Armada 4 months ago.
I take simvastatin for my cholesterol. It has lowered my hdl and ldl and my tota cholesteol. Answered by Felecia Poudrier 4 months ago.
your DR is correct (and he may be saving your life) those numbers are too high for someone your age Answered by Wilda Dauterman 4 months ago.
Has anyone taken Zocor for cholesterol?
I went to my doctor, and he asked about joint pain. I said no, but realized later, I've had knee and leg pain. I thought was arthritis. Then I have shoulder and arm pain.
Asked by Ozella Loduca 4 months ago.
One of the side effects of Zocor is joint pain and this may aggravate your condition, that's why your doctor asked you. I would suggest telling your doctor about your joint pains so as to get another cholesterol medication that would rather heal than help that joint pain. Answered by Ying Clokey 4 months ago.
ZOCOR is associated with a number of side effects?? ?
There are so many saying about Zocor is associated with a number of side-effects such as muscle pain, kindney damage and eczema. Is it scientifically proven or it is just a claim? Is there any resource, website or ways or means for me to get more reliable details/info pertaining to Zocor? My father is facing the...
Asked by Donnetta Stopp 4 months ago.
There are so many saying about Zocor is associated with a number of side-effects such as muscle pain, kindney damage and eczema. Is it scientifically proven or it is just a claim? Is there any resource, website or ways or means for me to get more reliable details/info pertaining to Zocor? My father is facing the muscle pain & affected by eczema after he has taken Zocor for a few weeks. It's worrying if the above saying is true! I am truly appreciative if you could enlighten me in this matter. Many thanks in advance...... Answered by Patty Russek 4 months ago.
Zocor is a popular brand of a class of drugs known as "statins". They act to lower the amount of cholesterol your liver makes by blocking one of the pathways of production. I will spare you the biochemistry lesson on the details. Unfortunately, they can have some intolerable side effects in some people, muscle aches being one of the most common. I`ve never heard of eczema being worsened, but that sounds plausible too. If he is experiencing those side effects then he needs to tell his doctor and stop the Zocor. Statin drugs aren't for everybody. They don't replace diet and exercise in treatment of elevated cholesterol. Your fathers doctor needs to go over his individual risk factors for heart disease, and decide if he really needs to be on them at all. Ask your dad if they have done the Framingham Calculation for him...it is a statistical tool that can help decide if he should be more aggressive with his cholesterol. Statins do have a legitimate role in reducing mortality from cardiovascular disease. They have, however been heavily marketed and I think many people have been put on them inappropriately. Answered by Jennie Raygoza 4 months ago.
If his affliction is long past and he's nonetheless on zocor it's one hundred% detailed it isn't zocor. The myositis or mylagias on zocor don't and are not able to cuase purple fingers or swollen joints. a blood experiment referred to as CPK must be performed if any affliction persists (even as he's on zocor) to discover out if he's having drug brought on myositis. This sounds not likely to be zocor. I have prescribed zocor to countless numbers of sufferers, I have noticeable the real myositis commonly (it's disimilar from what you've defined) and way more instances I have noticeable persons blame matters on zocor and statints (different identical ldl cholesterol meds) the whole thing from rheumatoid arthritis , to rotator cuff tears to influenza. persons like to blame zocor and statins for a wide variety of affliction . The well information is your docotr can reply this quesitons definitively with a blood experiment, and medical judgement. Fortunately this is a very individual aspect end result nad it resolves in a timely fashion off the remedy. In ordinary zocor is some distance, some distance more secure than prime ldl cholesterol! I desire you and your household well success and if chronic muscle affliction is gift it's most important he be rechecked and concealed blood be demonstrated via his medical professional. Answered by Kelly Garman 4 months ago.
Yes, a definite, but not for everyone taking Zocor. If you're taking Zocor, be sure that your doctor keeps you on a regular schedule of follow-ups, including liver function testing. For a full list of possible side effects, read the insert that should come with your prescription or look Zocor up online. If you bottle of Zocor came without an insert or proper labeling, ask your pharmacist for full details. He or she should have that information readily available. Answered by Ruth Krumsiek 4 months ago.
Should I be scared to take Zocor after reading the side effects?
My only syptom of anything heart related, is high cholestrol. I was adopted and do not know my family history so that is why the doc put me on this med. I also have rheumatoid arthritis and take methotrexate so my liver function is checked quite often.I have to admit, I'm more torn now, after reading all...
Asked by Xuan Kapitula 4 months ago.
My only syptom of anything heart related, is high cholestrol. I was adopted and do not know my family history so that is why the doc put me on this med. I also have rheumatoid arthritis and take methotrexate so my liver function is checked quite often. I have to admit, I'm more torn now, after reading all these answers than I was before. I do not give thumbs down, so please everyone that answered, know that that isn't my doing. Answered by Jeni Corners 4 months ago.
I'm a pharmacist and Zocor and it's cousins are dispensed all the time (unfortunately, many of us Americans are getting prescriptions for it due to our eating habits and sedentary lifestyle). I wanted to answer this question because ALL drugs have side effects and you should be able to have information for you to make an informed decision. There is a lot of data on zocor and the family of statins. They save lives. They decrease morbidity and mortality (decrease the number of hospitalizations and decrease the number of deaths). Zocor does not cause kidney failure (I've never heard/read that so that's why I checked your source). Go back to your website and read it again. It is not listed under side effects, it says to not use it in patients with kidney failure or if you are at risk for kidney failure. That's because the kidneys will filter out the waste products of Zocor into your urine. If you can't pee out the by-products, then you will accumulate them and that can be toxic. Zocor is generally well tolerated but there are some patients that do have some serious side effects. Many patients get an upset stomach, bloating, or cramps when they start this medicine. So take it after dinner. These kinds of symptoms will usually go away after you get used to the drug. Zocor can be damaging to your liver. So your doctor should get your liver tested before you go on zocor to serve as the comparison base line reading. And then you should get your liver checked at least 6 weeks after you start Zocor. Your doctor may have you check it more after that but sometimes your insurance wont pay for it. Your liver should be checked at least annually after that. A sign that zocor is not for you is muscle pain/weakness or tiredness. And I mean intense pain throughout most of your body. It's like you did a super intense work. That's a sign that you should discontinue zocor (we are taught that in pharmacy school but for some reason, there are doctors out there who will still keep their patients on these drugs). There is not evidence that zocor causes ALS. There have been case reports but no causal link has been established. Also, take this drug at night time because it only works on the cholesterol that your body makes. And that process happens while you sleep. To really make an impact on your health, make dietary changes and do exercise. I have seen patients kick all of their blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetic (early stages of type 2 diabetes) meds once they made a true committment to healthy living. And that other contributor was right, talk to both your doctor and your pharmacist about all of your drugs. Pharmacists are required by law to counsel you on new prescription. You can refuse the counseling (as many patients do) but then you miss out on important information. Answered by Lael Cheeney 4 months ago.
I personally wouldn't take any sort of ...statin drug. There is still a ton of research and controversy about the safety and side effects that they can cause. My aunt was on a statin drug for years and started having aches and pains as soon as she started taking it. The doctors told her that it was a normal side effect and she shouldn't worry about it. Then a year ago December she was diagnosed with a rare type of ALS. After being tested at numerous hospitals they believe that the ALS was a result of the statin drug. The disease spread extremely fast and she died this past march. There is no proof that the ALS was caused by the drug, but after doing a lot of research there seems to be a huge correlation between ALS and statin drugs. If I were you I would do a ton of research before taking the drug and if possible find an alternative method of treatment or try a non-statin drug. Answered by Adelaida Del 4 months ago.
Not knowing what kind of heart trouble you have I would ask your Doc if there is another drug you can take. I take Coreg. You are right tho to look up all the drugs they give you, there are some side effects that are worse then the ailment. I stopped a whole bunch of pills I was getting and decided that I would just stay with Coreg and Benicar Doctors I think are too ready just to write a prescription Answered by Garnet Dan 4 months ago.
Honey, it's a coin toss. My husband who will be 40 this summer will be recieving his second triple bypass in two years because of heart disease. The side effects of most of his medications scare the befeezus out of me. Heck two I can't even touch, and that was before I got pregnant again! If you have serious reservations though, and believe me I understand, I would have a serious heart to heart with Doc AND pharmicist. Is there a chance you can manage w/o the med, or is it necessary at this point in time? IF you take it, they are supposed to do a monthly blood test that WILL let them know immediately if you are having any adverse effects to the medicine. Having a family history of heart problems myself, and having been the caretaker and primary breadwinner of a household full of kids (this one is number 6), for six years now because of a person who is ill due to Hardening of the Arteries, I would say roll the dice and swallow the pill, baby! Just make darn sure that you keep that monthly appointment and make sure the docter's office keeps it too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Answered by Lillie Vincente 4 months ago.
I am a pharmacist, and I can tell you that Zocor and the like ruin 100 times more lives than they save. Do you know that by their own ads, 100 people have to take the drug for 3-4 years for ONE person to benefit? Do you know that the real rate of side effects is 90 to 100%? Do you even know about the effects on the brain? Memory loss, depression, fatigue, aggression, dementia, etc? Stock up on Motrin, you will be taking it daily. Oh, the diet they tell you to follow is gaurenteed to NOT lower your levels Pharmacist for 30 years who's life was almost ruined by Lipitor Answered by Roxann Petersdorf 4 months ago.
In spite of one rant/answer, statins are generally safe. If they were truly as dangerous as some would say, there would literally be millions of deaths. You're much more likely to benefit from statins than get a side effect. Answered by Joana Butter 4 months ago.
Honey, if you were to look at the side effects to every single medication in the world....you would probably never take any. Answered by Hannelore Musquiz 4 months ago.
Zocor? experience good or bad ?
am prescribed w/zocor for high cholesterol, i already take lots of meds & wanna know if it really works.new dr. don't have much confidence in her. just apprehensive
Asked by Rosalie Cafagno 4 months ago.
Zocor can be very effective in reducing cholesterol. Much of our cholesterol is body produced rather than ingested, so diet and exercise might not bring your levels down to acceptable numbers. Even if you cut out all red meat, cheese, eggs, etc., and you exercise daily, you could still have very high cholesterol and would benefit from taking a medication like Zocor to lower those numbers. The risks of high cholesterol can be very serious. I imagine you might also take meds for high blood pressure, diuretics and maybe oral insulin. Many conditions like hypertension and diabetes are interrelated and are often found in the same individual. Treatment of each of these conditions will help control the others and may prevent serious health problems (like heart attacks) in the future. Answered by Stefany Piccione 4 months ago.
Please help older lady who has taken Zocor and now has side effects, she cannot move her arms. ?
Anyone have a Medical background who can help? She takes can of her Grandson- whose parents are deceased, and it is just the two of them.This lady has taken Zocor for at least 6 months. She stopped taking it at least a week ago, but still in alot of pain moving her arms and legs.Mostly Arms. Drug is for High...
Asked by Temika Stupar 4 months ago.
Anyone have a Medical background who can help? She takes can of her Grandson- whose parents are deceased, and it is just the two of them. This lady has taken Zocor for at least 6 months. She stopped taking it at least a week ago, but still in alot of pain moving her arms and legs. Mostly Arms. Drug is for High Cholesterol. How long before drug is out of her system and she starts to feel better? She had been taking for 6 months at least and is 65 years in age. Will there be any lasting damage? What is a safe way to treat high cholesterol? She has been back to Doctor and will be going again, however I do believe some Doctors don't have the time, or can research all bad side effects before issuing a drug. Answered by Josephine Slutzky 4 months ago.
Zocor belongs to a class of drugs called "statins". All statins can cause a condition called myopathy or rhabdomylosis, which is a form of muscle weakness. If this is what caused her pain (which it could), it can take months to see this resolve (personal experience). I would recommend her trying some Co-Q-10 to see if this helps speed the recovery of her muscle pain. I usually recommend 100-300 mg every day. Other medication use can increase the chances of the side effect occurring. If she had this problem with Zocor, she can try other statin drugs, but from my personal experience, if the patient has tried one stating and this side effect occurred, then it will probably occur with other statin medication. There are other non-statin medications available to help lower cholesterol levels. She will need to discuss treatment options with her physician. John, R.Ph. Answered by Hester Datz 4 months ago.
I personally wouldn't take any sort of ...statin drug. There is still a ton of research and controversy about the safety and side effects that they can cause. My aunt was on a statin drug for years and started having aches and pains as soon as she started taking it. The doctors told her that it was a normal side effect and she shouldn't worry about it. Then a year ago December she was diagnosed with a rare type of ALS. After being tested at numerous hospitals they believe that the ALS was a result of the statin drug. The disease spread extremely fast and she died this past march. There is no proof that the ALS was caused by the drug, but after doing a lot of research there seems to be a huge correlation between ALS and statin drugs. If I were you I would do a ton of research before taking the drug and if possible find an alternative method of treatment or try a non-statin drug. Answered by Mackenzie Crispin 4 months ago.
older lady zocor side effects move arms Answered by Francina Berish 4 months ago.
I have read that some men taking the drug Zocor have found loss of libido as a result of taking the drug. Is s?
result. Is there any evidence of this result?
Asked by Nannie Mamula 4 months ago.
Zocor is a Statin drug usually prescribed to lower cholesterol levels. There are a good many side effects. Below is one that indicates it can cause sexual dysfunction. Other potential side effects of Zocor: In addition to very serious muscle and severe liver problems many studies have shown that Zocor side effects could include memory loss and personality changes, as well as irritability and sexual dysfunction. Answered by Melaine Freire 4 months ago.
not sure what zocor is but i definetly have and i am on citalopram. Answered by Lissette Matthis 4 months ago.
Are there any adverse effects when taking Zocor?
Zocor, Diet Drug
Asked by Dorthey Colford 4 months ago.
As with most medications, there are always potential side effects. With zocor the most common are; headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence (yes, that's right), increased risk for upper respiratory infections and potential harm to your liver (usually monitored with blood tests). Zocor (or simvastatin), may also interact with other medication like some blood thinners or heart medicine, ask your doctor. Of course, what is the potential harm to having high cholesterol ... Answered by Alysha Introini 4 months ago.
I take zocor and it is for high cholestoral. I have had no adverse side effects from it. but I am not a doctor and everyone is not the same. ask your doctor. Answered by Ernest Poncedeleon 4 months ago.
Zocor & High Blood Pressure?
My husband's Blood Pressure has skyrocketed since taking Zocor??He is on BP meds as well. His Doc has upped his BP meds and put him on additional meds. He has also been taken off the Zocor.He was on Zocor for 3-4 months and lost 55 points on his "total" Cholesterol.I am almost concerned about all the...
Asked by Darcie Kusuma 4 months ago.
My husband's Blood Pressure has skyrocketed since taking Zocor?? He is on BP meds as well. His Doc has upped his BP meds and put him on additional meds. He has also been taken off the Zocor. He was on Zocor for 3-4 months and lost 55 points on his "total" Cholesterol. I am almost concerned about all the fat breaking up in his blood and causing a blockage...could this be possible??? thanks for any info ! Teri Answered by Gavin Mahany 4 months ago.
Hello Teri. Your husband and you have no need to worry about the Zocor(simvastatin) "breaking" up the cholesterol. Zocor is a part of a drug class called the statins. All these drugs do is slow or stop the production of cholesterol. They don't do any kind of "breaking". Different medicines have different affects on people, but I must say that I have never heard of zocor increasing someone's BP. Their only real affects is that they tend to raise liver enzymes and can, very rarely, cause muscle toxicity. This may be delving too deep into this, but *ahem* Zocor is broken down in the body by a set of liver enzymes called CYP enzymes(namely CYP3A4 for Zocor). If he is on any other medication that uses the same enzyme, it could have used that same pathway or something resulting in less of the other drug to be broken down. I hope your physician kept him on some kind of statin because he was seeing good results. There are other statins that don't use the CYP3A4 pathway like fluvastatin or pravastatin that he could also try. I would also make completely sure it was the drug and nothing else. Hope that helps! Answered by Antoinette Cicoria 4 months ago.