What is Simvastatin?

A first-line treatment for high cholesterol


Simvastatin belongs to the family of drugs known as statins. They each work to control cholesterol levels in the body. If your doctor has prescribed this drug for you, then it is likely that your bad cholesterol (known as LDL cholesterol), is far too high and you have too little good cholesterol (known as HDL cholesterol).

Statins like Simvastatin, not only help to regulate your body’s cholesterol levels and ensure that the good fats take priority, but they also get rid of fats known as triglycerides. What all this does for your body is to strengthen your heart and make your cardiovascular system healthier. That, in turn, improves the health of the rest of your body. By keeping your heart healthy and your blood pumping at a reasonable rate, this drug can change your overall health dramatically.

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The Side Effects

Because of its potency, Simvastatin is not the kind of drug you want to use on your own. You should seek advice from your doctor about how to use the drug, how much to take and what changes you should make to your lifestyle to help with the drug’s efficiency. If you fail to take proper precautions, then your body can be put at serious risk.

The most commonly reported side effects from Simvastatin users are eczema, and an increase of the enzyme creatine phosphokinase. Rarer, but still possible, are dizziness, fever, swelling, pain, nausea, sweating and a number of other side effects that may not seem dangerous on their own. However, they can indicate that your body is not taking to the drug and that you are experiencing a severe reaction and may require medical treatment. Be sure to let your doctor know about any side effects that you are having while taking this drug and get medical help as soon as you notice anything severe.

What Simvastatin Does for You

One of the best ways to understand Simvastatin and why you would use it, is to learn about the benefits it has to offer you. We talked about the potential it creates for risk and health problems, but let’s look now at its advantageous effects.

By getting your cholesterol levels under control, this drug can change your entire body’s state of health. High cholesterol affects your mood, your cardiovascular health, the stress placed on a number of bodily systems and your energy levels. Once you get the bad cholesterol down to a safe level, you are going to feel better. Even better, it can go a long way to helping prolong your lifespan.

When your cholesterol is too high, your heart gets put under strain, and every day brings with it the risk of a heart attack. Your heart is under incredible stress when you are living with high cholesterol, so getting those levels where they should be will ease the strain on your heart and allow it to relax a bit. If the heart muscle doesn’t have to work as hard, then it can do its job the way it is supposed to.

That extends some benefits to the rest of the body, transforming the way you feel and helping all the other systems in your body work better. They also don’t have to work as hard as they would have to, which means they will last longer as well. 

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