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Below are Zocor (Simvastatin) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 18 ratings/reviews, Zocor has an overall score of 5.06. The effectiveness score is 6.78 and the side effect score is 6.44. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Zocor review by 48 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   elevated cholesterol
Dosage & duration:   10mg taken daily for the period of 1 year
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   reduced total cholesterol by 42 / HDL increased by 5
Side effects:   some nausea at first; diarrhea (abated after 1st month)
Comments:   Continue on current dose; recheck labs in 6 months. Follow low fat (esp hydrogenated fats) diet

 

Zocor review by 61 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   high cholestoral
Dosage & duration:   20mg taken once per day for the period of 3 yrs
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   anti depressants
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Brought down my overall cholestorol reading from 218 to 150, LDL from 135 to 90 and triglycerides from 180 to 140 within 3 months time.
Side effects:   I had soreness of muscles for the first several weeks which finally went away.
Comments:   I started on the medication 3yrs ago and still take it today with continued good results and no side effects.

 

Zocor review by 45 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Hyperlipidemia
Dosage & duration:   80mg tablet taken once per day for the period of One Year
Other conditions:   Fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, allergies, chronic pain
Other drugs taken:   Trazadone, cymbalta, thyroxine, niaspan, asprin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   My total cholesterol level dropped from 282 to 150. The niaspan dropped my triglyceride level about 30 points!
Side effects:   The only side effects I had was from the Niaspan. I would get flushed and itchy (terribly uncomfortable). The doctor told me to take an aspirin (350mg) 30 minutes to an hour prior to taking the Niaspan. The aspirin worked well, I can take the Niaspan with no problems.
Comments:   My treatment includes statin drugs and Niaspan because normal diet and exercise were not sufficient to keep my cholesterol level down. So, I take my medicine every night without fail, exercise at least 3X per week and I incorporate more fruit and vegetables into my diet.

 

Zocor review by 68 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Cholesterol
Dosage & duration:   20mg taken 1 daily for the period of 4 days
Other conditions:   NA
Other drugs taken:   Fosamax
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Taken only four days... not tested for benefits
Side effects:   Extreme pain in calf that soon extended to entire leg. Muscles were rigid. I still suffer leg pain after more than a year off the four doses of Zocor. Just visited Disneyword and did not realize till then how badly my legs hurt - day and night.
Comments:   One 20mg tab for four days upon advice of physician

 

Zocor review by 47 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   high chloresteral
Dosage & duration:   10 mg taken 1 per day for the period of 3 months
Other conditions:   hypothyroidism
Other drugs taken:   sythroid
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   small improvement in chloresteral level
Side effects:   severe depression
Comments:   Stopped taking zocor after side effects became unmanageable

 

Zocor review by 69 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   High blood cholesterol
Dosage & duration:   40 mg taken 1 per day for the period of 2 years
Other conditions:   Lupus
Other drugs taken:   Aspirin, Sectral, Lasix
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The drug did lower the blood cholesterol effectively.
Side effects:   The side effects included nightmares, muscle weakness, dizziness. In addition there were emotional disturbances.
Comments:   The drug was prescribed by a Cardiologist and was effective, however the side effects were considerable. After approximately one year the cholesterol LDL did drop and although this was positive, the side effects continued. After two years, the dosage was reduced to alternative days at the same daily dose. If the cholesterol level remains normal, with the adjustment of diet and exercise, the plan is to further reduce the drug over time.

 

Zocor review by 60 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   elevated cholesterol
Dosage & duration:   10 mg daily taken once a day for the period of 3 years
Other conditions:   slightly reduced thyroid
Other drugs taken:   eltroxin, xanax
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Blood tests taken after 3 months showed reduced choloesterol, LDL and increased HDL My initial levels were not terribly elevated but are now totally normal. When I tried going off the medication for a few months my cholesterol went up again. I then returned to taking the pills. I watch my diet carefully and take omega 3 but it has not lowered my cholesterol sufficiently.
Side effects:   There were no side effects that I am aware of. My husband has now also begun treatment after trying diet only.
Comments:   When first given the simvastatin, my doctor had me take it only every other day and after 2-3 months my blood tests were fine. Later, when I moved and changed doctors, I was told that one cannot take it any less than daily and so that is what I now do. At first I also took the pill in the morning as no one informed me that it is best taken in the evening. There seems no difference in effectiveness.

 

Zocor review by 36 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Hiperlipidemy
Dosage & duration:   1 (dosage frequency: 1) for the period of 1 year
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Lowered cholesterol level. It was easy to use and effective treatment. It did not have any side effects. After using it for a year I quitted and started being extra careful on my diet and exercise. I recommended my friends and fa÷ily members to check out their cholesterol levels and ask for a prescribed medicine if they can not lower their levels by diet and exercise.
Side effects:   N/A
Comments:   1x1 for 1 year

 

Zocor review by 51 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   High cholesterol
Dosage & duration:   20 mg taken 1 per day for the period of 3 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   lowering high cholesterol
Side effects:   impotence
Comments:   I have a family history of high cholesterol. And I have high cholesterol as well. In order to reduce the high cholesterol readings down to normal levels for cholesterol, my health care physician prescribed cholesterol reducing drug. We tried Zocor for a while. However, when taking Zocor at 10 mg per day, I experience significant problems with impotence. I reported this to the doctor and the doctor had not receive any feedback like this before. My prescription for high cholesterol was changed to Lipitor.

 

Zocor review by 54 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   high cholerterol
Dosage & duration:   25mg taken once a day for the period of 2 years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   lowered cholesterol by 13% with no side effects
Side effects:   there were no side effects from the dosage I take
Comments:   One pill daily to reduce bad cholesterol with no side effects, I didn't really change my diet and the simvastatin reduced cholesterol by 13-15%. I get yearly blood test to see if it effected my liver and so far have had no problems.

 

Zocor review by 63 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   high cholesterol
Dosage & duration:   40mg taken 1 per day for the period of 2 weeks
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I was originally prescribed 20 mg, but the rating was creeping up again, so the dosage was doubled. As I only took it for 2 weeks, cannot be sure of effectiveness
Side effects:   About 2 days after starting the course I began to get muscle pains. I had had these pains before (months ago) but the drug seemed to amplify them. The sites were a) in the groin area b) in the heel area, probably the achilles tendon
Comments:   I told the doctor of the problems, and he immediately changed me over to atorvastatin, 20mg, and the pains have disappeared.

 

Zocor review by 79 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Cholesterol levels
Dosage & duration:   20mg taken once a day for the period of 4 months
Other conditions:   High blood pressure
Other drugs taken:   Carvedilol
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   My cholesterol level, in the Uk, is 3.3 which the specialist tells me is excellent. Before taking Simvastatin I was prescribed Atoravastatin. The change was purely a monetary one. My cholesterol level went down from 6.25 to 3.3 with Atoravastatin.
Side effects:   Horrendous. Lethargy, muscle weakness, headaches, aching joints and muscles. My symptoms and changed "personality" alarmed my family.
Comments:   For monetary reasons everyone in my surgery was prescribed Simvastatin. I had been taking Atoravastatin for years with no ill-effects. From May till September I was taking Simvastatin. Returning from a holiday (ruined by the dreadful side -effects of Simvastatin), I saw my doctor. After three sentences of explanation she stopped me in my tracks by saying, *Mrs ---. You are really ill! Right, you are off all statins for a month. Your cholesterol level is excellent so you have no need to worry on that score. As from then you will be back on your old Atoravastin tablets, the lowest strength, as usual." I followed this advice and, a year later, feel GREAT!

 

Zocor review by 71 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   High cholesterol
Dosage & duration:   20 mgs taken once a day for the period of two weeks
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Did not take it long enough to evaluate the benefits.
Side effects:   After two weeks, moderate muscle and joint pain. I stopped the medicine until all pain was gone, about three days. When I started again, after less than two weeks, I had a terrible reaction.My right shoulder and from my waist down, the pain was so acute that I could not straighten up, nor walk. It was four days, before I started feeling better.
Comments:   To take 20 mgs a day every day.My total cholesterol is 252, LDL 153, HDL 75

 

Zocor review by 45 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   high cholesterol
Dosage & duration:   40 mg taken once a day for the period of last 2 years
Other conditions:   depression/anxiety
Other drugs taken:   Prozac
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   On Zocor my total cholesterol was lowered below 200 and my LDL was lowered below 100. I currently take Zocor 40mg and could probably reduce the amount I take to 20mg if I would dedicate myself to a serious diet and exercise program. I am a nurse and work nights so this is difficult. Zocor has kept my cholesterol down and reduced my risk for cardiovascular problems.
Side effects:   I have had no side effects.
Comments:   I started out on Zocor 20mg and with diet and exercise was able to keep my cholesterol levels low. However, I started working as a night shift nurse and not eating as well and had to increase my dose to 40mg. This dose has kept my cholesterol levels under control even with lack of regular exercise and not the best diet.

 

Zocor review by 61 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   high cholesterol
Dosage & duration:   40 mg taken once a day for the period of 2 years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The benefits of this treatment are the lowering of my bad cholesterol. I would believe that the other benefits would be less build up plaque in my arteries.
Side effects:   I have had no side effects from this drug.
Comments:   I am taking 40 mg once a day. I have been taking this drug for the past two years.

 

Zocor review by 53 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   colestrol
Dosage & duration:   40mg taken once nightly for the period of 2 years
Other conditions:   high blood pressure
Other drugs taken:   plavix 75 mg
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Reduced blood pressure and stopped cholestrol from forming in my arteries.
Side effects:   My hip joints hurt so bad I can no longer go on long walks.
Comments:   I am looking for a more natural remedy for high blood pressure and control for cholestrol. I do not like taking drugs but do not feel I have a choice at the this time? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

Zocor review by 65 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   cholesterol
Dosage & duration:   20 mg taken 1 daily for the period of 1 month
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   to lower cholesterol
Side effects:   severe headaches,severe extreme muscle pain in legs from top of legs down to feet. legs feel heavy and hard to the touch plus drastic weight loss off legs. still suffering badly after stopping taking them 5 months ago. the pain in my legs is severe that now i have to take pain killers in the hope of trying to get some sleep, which i dont get alot of due to the severe pain in my legs that these simvastatin has left me with. why in this day n age do they make tablets with so many bad side effects, that alot of people seem suffer.
Comments:   simvastatin for cholesterol

 

Zocor review by 50 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   high colesterol
Dosage & duration:   40mg taken 1 per day for the period of 2 weeks
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   the treatment was to help lower my colesterol levels, i only took it for two weeks so i did not benefit from taken this treatment,
Side effects:   muscle pain, loss of mobility, depresion, headaches i was admitted to hospital with chest pains, thought to be heart problems, it was caused by the tightening of my chest muscles.
Comments:   1 to be taken daily, i only took this medication for two weeks after which i stopped taking it, the side effects that i had been suffering then stopped.
 


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