Simvastatin drug and itsuse
Simvastatin is one of the drugs from the group calledstatins, which means that it is usually used when it is necessary to controlthe levels of triglycerides and “bad” cholesterol, as well as in the treatment andprevention of heart diseases. It blocks the enzyme in liver, which is incontrol of the cholesterol production, and thus lowers it. It is also knownunder the name Zocor, and besides these conditions, it has also proven to behelpful in the treatment of atherosclerosis, when it is necessary to preventthe development of this disease, though it is also helpful in preventing thedevelopment of dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
Side effects ofsimvastatin
Even though the majority of people who use it does not feelany adverse effects, it certainly does not mean that simvastatin does not have sideeffects. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to predict the situations inwhich some of them will appear. The most common side effects are usually mild,they tend to go off by themselves, without special treatment, and they includeheadache, pain in the stomach, constipation or diarrhea, indigestion, nauseaand infections of the upper respiratory tract. The fact that approximately lessthan 3 % of people experience them confirms the statement that they are veryrare. Even rarer are pain felt in the joints, muscle cramps, pancreatitis,hepatitis, depression, insomnia, and the loss of memory, while problems of liverand myositis have been noticed in patients who use this medicine for a longerperiod. Some of these symptoms certainly require immediate medical attention,and the patient should not ignore them.
How to prevent sideeffects?
It is possible to prevent some of the side effects, and sincethe doctors who prescribe this medicine are responsible for that, they shouldcheck medical history of each patient thoroughly and make sure that they arefamiliar with their current health condition. It means that they should befamiliar with any other disease or health problem that might exist, as well aswith every other medicine, supplement, or even minerals that the patient may alreadybe taking, because simvastatin should not be combined with several, due to therisk of interaction. If the patient suffers from heart, liver or kidneyproblems, if they have a history of stroke or a heart attack, or in cases ofhyperthyroidism and diabetes, the use of this medicine should be carefullyconsidered, as well as in the cases of pregnant or breastfeeding women.