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Simvastatin

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5.7
6.1  Effectiveness
3.7  Side Effects
4.6  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 5 Simvastatin side effects and 2 Simvastatin benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of this medication is simvastatin and brand name is Zocor.
The active ingredient in this medication is ezetimibe and the inactive ingredients of Simvastatin include ascorbic acid, citric acid, and hydroxypropyl cellulose.
Simvastatin 20 mg generic for Zocor is manufactured by Aurobindo.
Mainly used in treating a number of conditions related to heart disease, including high cholesterol and high triglycerides.
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Effectiveness of Simvastatin by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Simvastatin, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 1.6% 3.3% 91% 3.3% 0.8%
Balance/Equilibrium 2.4% 9.8% 82.1% 5.7% 0%
Blood Pressure 1.6% 4.8% 83.1% 9.7% 0.8%
Breathing 1.6% 6.6% 87.7% 3.3% 0.8%
Confidence 0.8% 6.5% 83.9% 5.6% 3.2%
Coordination/Motor Skills 2.4% 8.1% 79.7% 8.1% 1.6%
Digestion 1.6% 6.6% 86.1% 4.9% 0.8%
Emotional Well-being 2.4% 7.1% 83.3% 4% 3.2%
Energy 5.6% 9.5% 73.8% 7.1% 4%
Eyesight 2.4% 2.4% 89.4% 4.1% 1.6%
Memory 1.6% 10.5% 79.8% 6.5% 1.6%
Mental Clarity 2.4% 7.3% 82.3% 6.5% 1.6%
Pain 4.9% 6.6% 80.3% 4.9% 3.3%
Patience 2.4% 8.9% 79.8% 6.5% 2.4%
Sexual Health 4% 8.9% 80.6% 2.4% 4%
Skin Complexion 1.6% 2.4% 91.1% 4.1% 0.8%
Sleep 4% 11.1% 74.6% 8.7% 1.6%
Stress Level 4.1% 6.5% 81.3% 6.5% 1.6%
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Commonly Reported Simvastatin Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Cold Symptoms 82.1% 10.7% 3.6% 3.6% 0%
Headache 82.1% 7.3% 6.5% 3.3% 0.8%
Gas 79.3% 9.9% 6.6% 2.5% 1.7%
Fatigue 74.4% 8.8% 7.2% 2.4% 7.2%
Depression 78.6% 3.6% 3.6% 3.6% 10.7%
Sensitivity to Light 85.7% 10.7% 0% 3.6% 0%
Muscle / Joint Pain 65.4% 10.3% 7.5% 7.5% 9.3%
Mood Swings 78.6% 7.1% 3.6% 3.6% 7.1%
Breathing Difficulties 86.7% 3.3% 10% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 78.6% 7.1% 3.6% 7.1% 3.6%
Vomiting 99% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 82.1% 3.6% 3.6% 10.7% 0%
Stomach Ache 85.7% 14.3% 0% 0% 0%
Confusion 82.1% 7.1% 3.6% 3.6% 3.6%
Fever 85.7% 0% 7.1% 3.6% 3.6%
Constipation 85.1% 6.4% 3.2% 3.2% 2.1%
Irregular Heartbeat 85.7% 3.6% 10.7% 0% 0%
Hot Flashes / Flushing 82.8% 5.7% 4.9% 4.9% 1.6%
Anxiety 82.1% 3.6% 3.6% 3.6% 7.1%
Drowsiness 78.7% 9.8% 6.6% 4.1% 0.8%
Nausea 91.7% 3.3% 3.3% 0.8% 0.8%
Dizziness 81.5% 8.9% 4% 5.6% 0%
Sweating 66.7% 0% 0% 0% 33.3%
Abdominal Pain 88.4% 4.2% 1.1% 2.1% 4.2%
Insomnia 85.1% 9.1% 4.1% 0.8% 0.8%
Allergic Reaction 94.3% 0.8% 0% 3.3% 1.6%
Bloating 84.6% 10.3% 1.3% 3.8% 0%
Muscle Cramping 64.3% 10.7% 14.3% 7.1% 3.6%
Diarrhea 87.7% 4.9% 4.9% 0.8% 1.6%
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Less Commonly Reported Simvastatin Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Discolored Urine 92.4% 5.9% 0% 0.8% 0.8%
Rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle fibers) 94.9% 2.5% 0.8% 1.7% 0%
Reduced Libido 85.7% 2% 6.1% 6.1% 0%
Bloating 80% 13.3% 6.7% 0% 0%
Chills 66.7% 0% 0% 33.3% 0%
Elevated Blood Sugar 90.2% 4.9% 2.4% 2.4% 0%
Concentration / Focus Problems 87.4% 6.3% 5.3% 0% 1.1%
Liver Damage 66.7% 33.3% 0% 0% 0%
Swelling 66.7% 0% 33.3% 0% 0%
Constipation 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Tenderness 66.7% 0% 33.3% 0% 0%
Skin Rash 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Muscle / Joint Pain 72.2% 11.1% 5.6% 5.6% 5.6%
Nerve Pain / Damage 89.1% 4.2% 2.5% 3.4% 0.8%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 85.5% 6.5% 5.6% 0.8% 1.6%
Diabetes 91.5% 3.7% 2.4% 1.2% 1.2%
Fever 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
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Episodes since taking Simvastatin
Since taking Simvastatin Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 0.6%
Fall 5.5%
Hallucination 1.2%
Hospitalization 2.5%
Seizure 0.6%
Stroke 0.6%
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User Comments about Simvastatin
23 Aug 2012 Becoming addicted to sex. Seeking sex with escorts and in massage parlours
   —Posted by wambam
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22 Jun 2012 I am on Simvastatin for the last 3 years. Although my cholesterol has been kept within normal limits during this time, I do experience sideeffects more and more in particular: dizziness, blurred vision, lightheadiness, headaches, tension and irritability. I am concerned about this, as it affects my daily wellbeing, but at the same time I have to keep my cholesterol under control. I eat very healthy, avoid fats, processed food, cheese, and red meat as much as possible. I wonder if there is a better type of statin that my body can tolerated better. Your help is appreciated. Thank you
   —Posted by Cornelia
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23 May 2012 I recently had taken simvastatin for 2 1/2 months and finally figured out why I felt so awful, mostly at first blaming symptoms onto allergies, virus and exercise induced muscle aches. I had many symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, sudden abdominal pain, embarrassing gas, indigestion, sweating esp at nite, frequent nite urination , nausea, coughing, weakness, tired, some effects on memory and focusing on the task at hand, cough, joint pain and muscle aches. I went to a doctor thinking I had a sinus infection, only prescribed antibiotic drops for my ears for possible outer ear infection and said I had a virus. It has been 2 weeks since I saw that doctor and being a nurse for many years I'm sure I have been having symptoms of walking pnuemonia due to side effects of this med. I quit taking the simvastatin 1 1/2 weeks ago due to feeling so generally awful/ trying to drive home 34 miles one nite and wondering if I would make it home ok, wanting to just take something so I could lay down and go to sleep. I'm hoping that I will start feeling better soon and I continue to take natural and OTC meds the for congestion, etc. It seems to be helping some, although I often feel generally poor, very tired and not normally like I should. I will never take any statin or prescription med for my cholesterol as this has been a terrible experience. I have familial/genetic high cholesterol and will continue to use diet, exercise, supplements and will again persue searching for alternatives to help me. I want to feel my normal self again.
   —Posted by Jacque
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23 May 2012 I have sympathy for you and share some of the experiences. I had acute pain in my calf muscle and thought it was a deep vein thrombosis. It was impossible for me to walk and although on testing DVT was excluded as a cause, yet no explanation could be given regarding the severity of symptoms. Since then the pains have continued in my legs as well as muscle weakness and having no energy. I stopped the simvastatin, my doctor was not best pleased, but I am more concerned about the quality of my life. It is hard to prove that the symptoms were drug related, but I had no symptoms prior to commencing statins. I too am a registered nurse and as such I have no confidence in the drug.
   —Posted by Philly
03 Oct 2011 It works good it keeps my cholesterol down.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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29 Sep 2011 keeps me at about 119 total cholesterol although my good cholesterol is always about 5 pts below the normal range
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