Precautions and Warnings of Simvastatin
Among the people who should not take simvastatin are those who are pregnant, nursing, or allergic to any ingredients in it. Warnings and precautions with simvastatin particularly apply to people with heart disease, diabetes, and hypothyroidism. Also, contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness while taking the drug, especially if you also have body aches or a fever.
Simvastatin (Zocor®) is often used to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides. You should consult with your healthcare provider prior to taking it if you have:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- A family history of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- A history of a heart attack or stroke
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are of Chinese descent
- Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Will be undergoing a procedure or surgery
- Drink alcohol frequently
- Have any allergies.
In addition, tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, antacids, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Finally, make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately if, while taking simvastatin, you experience any muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness (especially if you also have body aches or a fever).