Simvastatin is a statin medication that is sold under the brand name Zocor®. It can also be purchased in generic form under the name Simvastatin tablets.
This drug is approved for many purposes, such as:
- Treatment of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- Treatment of high triglycerides
- Prevention of heart or blood vessel disease (known as cardiovascular disease).
This drug is not suitable for everyone, so before starting treatment with simvastatin, talk to your healthcare provider if you have liver disease or liver failure, diabetes, or a family history of high cholesterol. It's also a good idea to be familiar with the possible side effects of this medication, such as muscle pain, headache, and constipation. Simvastatin comes in tablet form and is taken once a day in the evening.
(For more information on how to take these tablets, as well as why you should not drink grapefruit juice during treatment, click Simvastatin.)