Zocor, whose generic name is simvastatin, is prescribed for people whose LDL (bad) cholesterol or triglyceride levels are too high. It is meant to be used along with weight loss, change in diet, and exercise to control these levels.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that taking Zocor at 80 mg doses may increase the risk of certain muscle conditions, the most extreme of which, Rhabdomyolysis, can cause kidney failure.
If you or a loved one is taking 80 mg of Zocor and is experiencing muscle problems:
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This medication belongs to a drug class that is commonly known as statins. A statin lowers the amount of cholesterol in the body so that it won’t buildup along artery walls, blocking the flow of blood to the heart and the brain. If these organs don’t receive the proper amount of blood, it could cause a heart attack or a stroke.
Cholesterol is produced by the liver. There is a specific enzyme in the liver that is responsible for the creation of cholesterol. Statins block that enzyme so that cholesterol production is slowed down and the overall level of cholesterol in the body decreases.
Although all stains lower cholesterol levels, there are still some important differences among the various drugs in this class. One of the differences is how effective they are. Zocor is a very powerful drug that is able to decrease LDL cholesterol levels by as much as 50 percent. It is prescribed in doses ranging from 5 mg to 80 mg.
Another important difference is how each statin interacts with other drugs. Many people who take Zocor also take other drugs to treat other medical conditions. It has been shown that certain drugs raise the level of Zocor in the body by slowing down the body’s ability to metabolize Zocor and eliminate it. If the drug isn’t eliminated as it should be, each time another dose is taken it adds to the buildup of the drug that is already in the body. This can increase the risk for developing side effects.
Two of the most severe side effects caused by Zocor are:
Developing these aide effects is what doctors call dose-dependent, meaning they occur when the drug is taken at higher dosages. In the case of Zocor, these side effects happen most frequently when the drug is taken at the 80 mg dose.
On June 8, 2011, the FDA issued a statement that said:
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