Simvastatin belongs to a group of drugs referred to as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors or simply as ‘statins’. The drug is majorly used to reduce high levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and at the same time increases the levels of good cholesterol. By reducing the bad cholesterol, the drug lowers the risk of heart attack, stroke and different kinds of heart related complications like coronary heart diseases. Also, if you have a liver problem that is caused by impurities in the blood, the drug can be used to reduce the symptoms or effects of the problem. Simvastatin is only approved for use by people who are 10 years old and over. Its use may be restricted depending on the health condition of a patient.
In rare cases, Simvastatin can lead to the breakdown of muscle tissues, which can then lead to kidney failure. It is important to contact a doctor immediately you start experiencing unexplained muscle pains or starts feeling weak after taking the medication. Some common signs that could indicate problems include producing dark colored urine, feeling very tired and having high fever that lasts longer than normal. To avoid such complications, it is important to always follow the doctor’s instructions when taking the medication.
Before starting to take medication, inform you doctor about all the drugs you are currently using or that have been prescribed for you. Also, if you have any kidney related disease or chronic complications like diabetes or thyroid disorders, make sure the doctor knows this. Another thing that you should inform the doctor is if you take alcohol or smoke. The amount of alcohol you take and your extent of smoking may bring about side effects when you use the drug. Simvastatin is not recommended for expectant mothers. Studies have shown that the drug can directly harm the unborn child and cause serious birth defects. Thus, it is important that mothers use the drug only after giving birth.
A patient should never take simvastatin without it being prescribed to by a qualified physician. In addition, taking the drug when you have a liver problem can worsen the problem. Breast feeding mothers should also avoid taking the drug since it might affect the child’s health when it passes through the milk being taken. Following the instructions provided by a qualified doctor is important to ensure that the drug does not affect you negatively.