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Dosing Information

The dose of simvastatin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Dosing With Simvastatin for more information.)

Drug Interactions

Simvastatin can potentially interact with a number of medications (see Drug Interactions With Simvastatin for more information).

Alternatives to Simvastatin

In general, cholesterol treatment begins with lifestyle changes (such as weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes alone do not lower cholesterol to a desirable level, medication may be necessary.
The main goal of high cholesterol medication is to lower LDL cholesterol levels enough to reduce your risk of developing associated problems, such as heart disease or a heart attack (see Effects of High Cholesterol). The higher your risk, the lower your LDL goal will be.
(Click High Cholesterol Risk to see what your risk is and find out your ideal LDL cholesterol level.)
Because simvastatin can lower LDL cholesterol (along with lowering total cholesterol and increasing HDL), a person can lower his or her risk of developing problems by taking it.
For most people, the medication is quite effective at lowering cholesterol. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, and people may wish to consider a substitute. These substitutes could include other statins or other cholesterol medicines.
(Click Substitute for Zocor to learn more.)
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