Simvastatin 10 mg
Simvastatin 10 mg is a lipid-lowering drug, effective in lowering bad cholesterol and reducing cardiovascular mortality. It lowers levels of total elevated cholesterol and fatty substances such as triglycerides in the blood. The active ingredient of the medicine is Simvastatin, a statin drug which is a widely prescribed class of drugs to lower cholesterol. Your cholesterol is mainly made up of mainly low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). LDL is also known as bad cholesterol because it can build up along the walls of arteries forming plaque. This could often lead to hardening of arteries also known as atherosclerosis. The condition can block blood flow towards vital organs such as the heart and brain. The blockage could lead to cardiovascular health problems such as heart attack or stroke. HDL cholesterol can also be called as good cholesterol because it prevents a build-up of bad cholesterol and protects against heart disease. A fat substance such as triglycerides in your bloodstream may put you at high risk of developing heart complications. It is important to follow a cholesterol-lowering diet while receiving this statin treatment.
Your doctor will determine the appropriate dose of Simvastatin 10 mg for you. The dose usually depends on your condition and your response to treatment. Be sure to take medicine as per your doctor’s instructions. You must check with your doctor if you have any doubt about the correct usage of the drug. Make sure you follow a cholesterol-lowering diet while taking Simvastatin. You may take the tablet in the evening before or after consuming food. Keep on taking the drug unless your doctor tells you to stop the treatment. If you are taking it with other medicine for lowering cholesterol, you should take it at least two hours before or four hours after taking the bile acid sequestrant.
Do not take Simvastatin 10 mg if you are hypersensitive to Simvastatin or other ingredients in the medicine. Avoid using it if you have liver problems or are pregnant are breastfeeding. Let your doctor know if you are taking medicines such as antifungal medications, HIV protease inhibitors, anti-depressants, medicines used to treat cholesterol and other infections. You must tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including food allergies. Your doctor should be aware of addiction habits, liver problems, and severe lung disease. While you are receiving this statin treatment. Immediately inform your doctor if you experience unexplained muscle pain, or weakness. Rarely, a muscle ache becomes serious, leading to muscle breakdown. You may be asked not to take the lowest dose of Simvastatin if you have renal problems, or certain medicinal products.
Side Effects of Simvastatin 10 mg
If you get side effects, stop taking Simvastatin, and tell your doctor immediately. The common side effects often lipid-lowering agent include muscle pain, inflammation of joints, severe muscle pain, unusual bruising, inflammation of the liver, lupus-like disease, shortness of breath, inflammation of the pancreas, a rash with weakness in the shoulders and hips, and inflammation of the blood vessels. Inform your doctor straight away if you get any side effects.