Heart disease is, in part, caused by a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels. The bad cholesterol, or LDL, that your body produces, based on your diet, creates the plaque and leads to heart disease.
Statins are medications that treat the root cause of heart disease by blocking the formation of cholesterol. These drugs are called enzyme blockers, and they help control your blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
There are two statins that we want to compare here, so you can be aware of what sets them apart and ask intelligent questions of your doctor when he prescribes one or the other to you.
If you were just to compare the prices of the generic forms of the drugs Atorvastatin and Simvastatin, you would find that Atorvastatin is a bit more expensive. But when it comes to name brand versions (Zocor and Lipitor), the Simvastatin is the more expensive one. So the difference in price is really going to come down to which version of each drug you would be getting.
Their interactions are more or less the same. They both interact with a variety of different drugs. You’ll have to talk to your doctor about what you are currently taking to see if what he prescribes will be okay to use with it.
You also need to keep in mind that both of these drugs interact poorly with grapefruit juice. If you consume this particular juice while taking one of these drugs, your blood pressure can increase dramatically, particularly if you drink more than a quart a day of grapefruit juice.
Simvastatin is the less effective of the two. It’s a bit milder, but it can still reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol) by 30-50 percent. That can certainly make a difference, and it can become more effective with continued use.
Atorvastatin is even more effective, though. It has the potential to reduce your LDL levels by more than 50 percent. Of course, the effectiveness of each of these drugs will vary by individual and will depend on several factors. To make them even more effective, you can exercise regularly and eat a healthy, low-cholesterol diet.
The side effects are very similar between these two. They each have their own set, and choosing one drug over the other may come down to which side effects you find more tolerable. Now, there is no guarantee that you will experience any of these side effects or that you will suffer any of them severely. But you could also have a bad reaction to one of them and experience the more extreme versions of these side effects.
At any rate, Simvastatin is more likely to cause muscle pain and fatigue. You may feel tired and lacking energy constantly while on the drug.
With Atorvastatin, you are much more likely to experience diarrhea and an upset stomach. Also, if you have suffered from a stroke or TIA recently (in the last six months), then you will be at greater risk for another stroke when you take elevated doses of this drug.
Both drugs have the potential to increase blood sugar and cause you to develop diabetes. These are all risks you doctor will talk to you about, but it may help to be aware of them beforehand.
Need treatment? Get a quick consultation nowStart your consultation now
A consultation only lasts 2 minutes. Get started now and get it delivered tomorrow
Acne is a very common skin condition characterised by the appearance of spots and pimples on and around the face. It is mostly found in adolescents, but around a fifth of acne cases occur in the adult population. The most common, and most visible, outbreaks of acne are on the face, but it’s also perfectly normal for the spots to appear on the neck, chest, shoulders, upper arms and the back. Acne in itself poses no risk to health, but severe cases can result in scarring if not dealt with... Read more
Cystitis is a medical term for bladder inflammation. While most of the time, inflammation is caused due to bacterial infection, often it can be caused by secondary factors. It is very common in women, and very rare in men. More than 50% of women experience cystitis at least once in their lives.
Have you ever felt weak or suffered from a headache when you rode on a plane? Or maybe you felt sick to your stomach and lost your appetite when you hiked up to an elevated location. If something like this has ever happened to you, then you may have been experiencing altitude sickness. This is a general feeling of un-wellness, characterized by specific symptoms, that only affects certain people when they move to high altitudes.
While many people who are suffering from cystitis turn to their doctor for a medical treatment, many others prefer to try an alternative bladder infection treatment. Although there’s doubt that a natural bladder infection treatment will work, some of them have been effective, especially when treating mild forms of the condition. However, to best prevent the spread of cystitis, and further complications such as kidney infections, we recommend seeking confirmed medical treatments such as ... Read more
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria Chlamydia Trachomatis. With an estimated 141 million cases occurring worldwide in 2013 alone, this disease is one of the most common and prevalent in the world today . While long-term effects such as blindness and arthritis are potential dangers, it is also important to understand the relationship between chlamydia and infertility.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called Chlamydia Trachomatis. The bacteria are typically transferred via semen and vaginal fluids, and it’s one of the most common STI’s in the word. Young adults and teenagers who are sexually active are at most risk. In 2013, 7 out of 10 people in England diagnosed with the bacterial infection were under the age of 25. An expectant woman with chlamydia can pass it on to their child during childbirth, so it... Read more
Dr Felix is an online doctor and pharmacy. We’re proud to be trusted by our patients for safe, effective treatments that are delivered quickly and discreetly. Choose your medication below and start your 2 minute consultation.
Take ONE tablet daily at night
TAKE ONCE daily
Use as previously directed by your doctor. The usual dosage is ONE tablet daily ...
Take ONCE daily
Take ONE tablet daily in the evening
Take ONCE daily at night
Safe and effective medication from Dr Felix