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Zocor Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is simvastatin (Zocor)?
- What are the possible side effects of simvastatin (Zocor)?
- What is the most important information I should know about simvastatin (Zocor)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking simvastatin (Zocor)?
- How should I take simvastatin (Zocor)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Zocor)?
- What happens if I overdose (Zocor)?
- What should I avoid while taking simvastatin (Zocor)?
- What other drugs will affect simvastatin (Zocor)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Zocor)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Zocor)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking simvastatin (Zocor)?
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with simvastatin and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Do not consume grapefruit products while taking this medication.
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Simvastatin will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.
What other drugs will affect simvastatin (Zocor)?
Many drugs can interact with simvastatin. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your medications and any you start or stop using during treatment with simvastatin, especially:
- digoxin, digitalis;
- a blood thinner such as warfarin, Coumadin;
- fenofibric acid or fenofibrate;
- antifungal medications such as fluconazole or voriconazole;
- other medicines that contain niacin (Advicor, Niaspan, Niacor, Simcor, Slo-Niacin, and others);
- drugs that weaken your immune system, such as steroids, cancer medicine, or medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection, such as sirolimus or tacrolimus; or
- any other "statin" medication such as atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, or other medication that contains simvastatin (Simcor, Vytorin).
This list is not complete and many other drugs can interact with simvastatin. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Give a list of all your medicines to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about simvastatin.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Zocor Information
- Zocor Drug Interactions Center: simvastatin oral
- Zocor Side Effects Center
- Zocor Overview including Precautions
- Zocor FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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