Simvastatin is a medication used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.

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What is Simvastatin?

Simvastatin is a statin medication that is used to lower the levels of the 'bad' LDL-C cholesterol in the blood. This medication is mostly used by people most at risk of heart conditions. 

How does it work?

Statins work by reducing the amount of LDL-C cholesterol produced in the liver. When less of this cholesterol is being made by the liver, it is then taken from the blood which reduces the overall blood cholesterol levels. 

Is Simvastatin suitable for me?

You might be prescribed a statin medication if you are at risk of coronary heart disease, angina, heart attacks or strokes. People most at risk of these conditions have lifestyle factors that include fatty diets, smoking, alcohol consumption and lack of exercise. 

Side Effects

All medications can cause potential side effects, below we have listed some potential side effects, however, these do not always occur.

  • Sleep disturbances, including nightmares
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Diabetes
  • Muscle pain or tenderness
  • Low red blood cell count (anaemia)
  • Numbness or weakness in the arms and legs
  • Digestive disturbances (abdominal pain, constipation, flatulence, indigestion, nausea, vomiting)
  • Rash, itching or hair loss
  • Memory loss, confusion

Disclaimer: This website does not constitute as medical advice, you should also consult with a doctor before taking medication. If you experience any major reactions to any medication you are taking, you must seek immediate medical attention.


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Commonly Used Dosage Guidelines for Simvastatin.

The recommended starting dose is a 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 40mg or 80mg tablet taken by mouth once a day. It should be taken in the evening with or without food. 

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Additional Information

It is a type of statin, which are drugs that work by blocking the action of an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase. This enzyme plays a role in the production of cholesterol in the liver. Simvastatin works by reducing the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver, which lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood.

Simvastatin is typically used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old. It is usually taken once daily, with or without food. The usual starting dose is 10 mg, but it can be increased to 20 mg if needed.

Simvastatin can cause side effects, including abdominal pain, muscle aches and fatigue. Some people experience gastrointestinal upset when taking simvastatin, but others may experience constipation or diarrhoea instead. This can be managed by adjusting the dosage of simvastatin to allow for these side effects.

If you are taking simvastatin, it is important to follow your doctor's instructions and report any unusual side effects immediately. If you miss a dose of simvastatin, take it as soon as possible unless it is almost time for your next dose. Never take double doses to make up for missed doses.


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When is the best time to take Simvastatin?

Simvastatin can be taken with or without food. If you experience stomach upset when taking the medication, it is recommended that you take it with food. The best time to take Simvastatin is in the evening, as this will help to reduce the risk of side effects such as insomnia and headaches.

What drugs should not be taken with Simvastatin?

You should not take Simvastatin if you are taking any of the following medications:

any other medications for high cholesterol or triglycerides

- cyclosporine

- danazol

- diltiazem

- gemfibrozil

- itraconazole

- ketoconazole

- lercanidipine

Is this medication suited for me?

Please get in touch with a doctor if you are unsure what medication is suitable for you. You can also complete our online consultation form to check your eligibility for the product.

How is the medication delivered?

All orders placed before 14:00 from Monday to Friday will be dispatched that day. The orders are sent using 24 Hour Tracked delivery provided by Royal Mail. Items will usually arrive the very next day after the order has been placed. We also provide tracking for your orders to check the status and location of your parcel. All our medication is packaged in plain confidential padded white or brown envelopes. This ensures that your orders are discreet, and the content of the orders will be for your eyes only.

What is the difference between Simvastatin and Atorvastatin?

Simvastatin and atorvastatin are both medications used to treat high cholesterol. They belong to a class of drugs called statins. Simvastatin is the generic name for Zocor, while atorvastatin is the generic name for Lipitor. Both medications work in similar ways and have comparable efficacy.

How long does it take for Simvastatin to work?

Simvastatin typically starts to work within 2-4 weeks, although some people may experience benefits as early as 1 week. The full effect of the medication may not be seen until 4-6 weeks. If you have not seen any improvement after 6 weeks, please consult your healthcare provider.

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