Zocor (generic name: simvastatin; brand names include: Simlup / Simcardis / Ranzolont / Simvador) is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or "statin" used in combination with a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet to lower the amount of cholesterol and other fatty substances in your blood.
Zocor may also be used in certain adolescent patients, age 10 to 17 years, who have a genetically caused cholesterol problem.
Zocor also helps prevent medical problems caused by cholesterol:
Zocor reduces the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, and the need for revascularization procedures in patients at high risk of coronary events. It is used as a risk factor intervention in patients at significantly increased risk for atherosclerotic vascular disease due to hypercholesterolemia.
Zocor works by slowing the production of cholesterol in the body.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor.Take Zocor exactly as directed.
Zocor may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. Take this medicine in the evening unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice at the same time you take this medicine.
Continue to take Zocor even if you feel well. Most people with high cholesterol do not feel sick.
Do not miss any doses. Try to take Zocor at the same time each evening to avoid missing any doses.
If you miss a dose of Zocor, take your next dose at the correct time and then carry on as before. Do not take a double dose to make up for the one you missed.
Store this medicine at room temperature, away from heat, light, and moisture.
Before taking Zocor, tell your doctor if:
you are allergic to any medicines;
you have liver or kidney disease;
you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or you are breast-feeding.
Active ingredient: simvastatin.