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Simvastatin Cholesterol Medicine

Simvastatin (Zocor®) is a statin medication that is available by prescription only. People with high cholesterol or high triglycerides may benefit from simvastatin. The goals of this cholesterol medicine are to lower LDL cholesterol levels ("bad cholesterol") enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to high cholesterol, such as heart disease or a heart attack.
 
The medication works by blocking a particular enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body, causing the liver to make less cholesterol. This action also helps to increase HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol") and decrease LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides.
 
Simvastatin comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day, in the evening. You should not drink grapefruit juice while taking it, as this can increase the levels of the medication in your blood, which increases the risk of developing serious muscle problems.
 
(Click Simvastatin to learn more about this cholesterol medicine, including who makes it, what forms and strengths are available, and what side effects may occur with treatment.)
 
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