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Joint Pain and Simvastatin

Less than 1 percent of people taking simvastatin have reported joint pain. This usually subsides within the first couple of months of treatment, but you should contact your healthcare provider if your pain lasts longer. If you experience joint pain with simvastatin, you can try over-the-counter pain relievers or use hot or cold remedies.

Can Simvastatin Cause Joint Pain?

Joint pain, which occurs in less than 1 percent of people taking simvastatin (Zocor®), is a possible but rare side effect of the drug.
 

Joint Pain With Simvastatin: Suggestions for Relief

If you are taking simvastatin and joint pain becomes a problem, there are some things that you can try. These suggestions for short-term relief include medications and hot or cold remedies.
 
Medications
People who experience joint pain while taking simvastatin often benefit from using over-the-counter pain relief medicines, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®), aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®).
 
Heat/Cold
Moist heat (such as a warm bath or shower) or dry heat (such as a heating pad) placed on the painful area of the joint for about 15 minutes may relieve joint pain. In some cases, cold packs (a bag of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel) can relieve pain or numb the sore area. If you have poor circulation, do not use cold packs. Water therapy in a heated pool or whirlpool may also relieve joint pain and stiffness.
 

Final Thoughts

For people taking simvastatin, joint pain is possible. Make sure to talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have concerns about this possible side effect. Also, keep in mind that your healthcare provider cannot know beforehand whether you will have a side effect with a medicine that you have never taken. Therefore, if you notice any joint pain while taking simvastatin, notify your healthcare provider. If the joint pain continues after the first couple of months, your healthcare provider may recommend adjusting your simvastatin dosage or switching to another cholesterol medication.
 
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