Simvastatin (brand name Zocor) is one of many statins often prescribed to lower cholesterol. We offer a repeat/further supply of Simvastatin if you have been prescribed this medicine already by your regular doctor for atleast 3 months.
Use our convenient and fast online service to get a further supply without the need to make any appointments to see a GP.
DrFelix offers all strengths of Simvastatin; 10mg, 20mg and 40mg tablets – simply fill in the online consultation and follow the check out process.
You medicine will be dispatched in plain packaging.
Complete a short consultation before selecting your medication. All our consultations are approved by a UK Medical Doctor.
Summary of available medications
|Simvastatin 10mg/20mg/40mg/80mg||12 week supply||From £16.99|
|Simvastatin 10mg||12 week supply||£16.99|
|Simvastatin 20mg||12 week supply||£16.99|
|Simvastatin 40mg||12 week supply||£16.99|
|Simvastatin 80mg||12 week supply||£16.99|
About SimvastatinSimvastatin (brand name Zocor) is a type of medicine known as a ‘statin’ used to treat high cholesterol in those at greater risk of consequently developing serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease. It blocks the chemical which produces cholesterol in the liver and reduces the high levels of bad cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is required for the body to function properly and is essential for every cell in the body to build its outer wall membrane. It is produced in the liver and is also found in some foods. Cholesterol is transported through the body in the blood by proteins, which when combined are called lipoproteins. While high levels of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) are beneficial to the body, high levels of low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) can cause the arteries to narrow and harden which can slow and block the flow of blood to the brain. High cholesterol can lead to a stroke or heart attack within an estimated ten years and the risk is increased by the following factors; family history of heart disease or stroke, ethnic origin, age, being overweight or obese, alcohol consumption, smoking and unhealthy diet.
What causes high cholesterol?High cholesterol can be caused by lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and weight which can all be adapted to lower cholesterol levels in the body. Other factors contributing to the development of high cholesterol include genetics, liver or kidney disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, pregnancy, underactive thyroid gland and certain medicines which increase LDL and decrease HDL.
How is high cholesterol diagnosed?There are no symptoms of high cholesterol and diagnosis is through testing which is recommended once every five years.
How can I lower my cholesterol?Limiting intake of foods which contain cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fat is the easiest way to manage cholesterol. Simvastatin is prescribed in addition to dietary changes if; your levels of cholesterol have not been be lowered by diet or exercise, you are at a greater risk of a stroke or heart attack, you are suffering from coronary heart disease, or you have inherited a condition called homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia.
How long will I have to take Simvastatin for?It may be necessary to take Simvastatin indefinitely to avoid high levels of cholesterol returning; therefore you should continue using Simvastatin for as long as your doctor has advised. This medication should be supported by healthy lifestyle changes such as improving diet and increasing exercise.
- If you have liver problems do not take Simvastatin.
- Seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist if you have severe respiratory failure.
- Simvastatin can make you feel dizzy. If this happens, you should not drive or operate machinery.
- Contact your doctor before taking Simvastatin if you are intolerant to some sugars as it contains lactose.
- You should avoid drinking grapefruit juice while using Simvastatin as it contains substances which can alter how Simvastatin works.
- Do not take Simvastatin if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding. Stop taking this medication immediately if you become pregnant while using it and contact your doctor.
Simvastatin is the active ingredient in this medication, a type of medicine known as a statin or ‘HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor’, which reduces the amount of cholesterol and other fatty substances in the blood.
Zocor is the more recognised brand name of simvastatin.
Use Simvastatin as previously directed by your doctor.
The usual recommended dose is one Simvastatin tablet taken once daily.
In general, there are few side effects resulting from the use of Simvastatin, although there are certain rare and serious side effects to consider.
Rare side effects of Simvastatin include, low red blood cell count, numbness or weakness of the arms and legs, digestive disturbances, headache, tingling sensation and weakness.
Serious side effects of Simvastatin include muscle pain, hypersensitivity, inflammation of the liver and pancreatitis.
If these effects are experienced you should stop taking Simvastatin and contact a doctor immediately.
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