What is Simlup (Simvastatin) used for?
Simlup (Simvastatin) is given to patients to help reduce levels of bad cholesterol, such as LDL and triglycerides in the blood. It can also increase the level of good cholesterol in the blood, such as HDL. It belongs to a group of medications called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors or statins. This drug may also be given to patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes or other conditions to help reduce the risk of heart attack or strokes.
How should I use Simlup (Simvastatin)?
Simlup (Simvastatin) comes in the form of tablets, which are taken by mouth. Patients are usually directed to take this medication once per day, in the evening. Your physician may sometimes gradually increase your dose, however the usual maximum dose is 40mg per day. If you have been prescribed a higher dose than 40mg, discuss the risks and benefits of taking a higher amount of this drug with your physician.
What are the side effects of Simlup (Simvastatin)?
Patients taking Simlup (Simvastatin) may experience side effects, such as:
In rare cases, this drug can cause muscle problems to occur, which can lead to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis. Consult your physician at once if you notice muscle pain, weakness or changes in the amount of urine.
This medication may harm an unborn baby. Therefore, it should never be used by pregnant women. You should discuss the use of reliable contraception with your physician before you begin taking this medication.
Breast feeding while taking this drug is not recommended. Consult your physician before breastfeeding.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Simlup (Simvastatin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.