• carolyn dalton carolyn dalton
    October 12, 2008
    What are the side effects of Simvastatin 40 mg?
    carolyn dalton carolyn dalton
    October 12, 2008

    What are the common side effects of simvastatin 20 or 40 mg?

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  • Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    October 13, 2008
    Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    October 13, 2008

    carolyn dalton,

     

    Thanks for your question.   Simvastatin is a medication used in the treatment of elevated fats (lipids) in the blood.  It lowers total cholesterol, and specifically lowers "bad cholesterol" (LDL) and raises "good cholesterol" (HDL). 

     

    I am inserting the side effect section for simvastatin from our website:

     

     

          Side Effects

                Stomach upset may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, notify your

                doctor or pharmacist promptly.

               

                Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the

                benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this

                medication do not have serious side effects.

               

                This drug may infrequently cause muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness

                (which can rarely lead to a very serious condition called rhabdomyolysis).

                Seek immediate medical attention if you develop these muscle problems 

                (especially with fever or unusual    tiredness).

               

                Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious

                side effects occur:

    • yellowing eyes and skin
    • dark urine
    • severe fatigue
    • stomach/abdominal pain
    • persistent nausea
    • change in the amount of urine

                A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical

                attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include:

    • rash
    • itching
    • swelling
    • dizziness
    • trouble breathing

                If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or

                pharmacist.

     

     

    Our website has much more information about simvastatin.  Just go to the search portion of this page and type in the medication name and press search.  Be sure to review this website for more information and tips on getting your lipids down, including diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. 

     

    I hope this has been helpful.

     

    Martin Cane, M.D.

     

    • P Chacon
      December 06, 2009
      P Chacon
      December 06, 2009

      I just started taking this medication and immediately I am having pain in my right inner thigh area causing me trouble walking upon rising in the morning. It goes away but does come and go later in the day.

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    • lawmed
      November 04, 2010
      lawmed
      November 04, 2010

      STOP THE DRUH IMMEDIATELY AND TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR. There is absolutely no harm in stopping a statin cold turkey. You are having a potentially serious known side effect of these drugs and it MUST be discontinued.

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    • neta
      January 08, 2011
      neta
      January 08, 2011

      I am having the same problems I start taking the simvaststin for 3 months then I hurt my back exercising and I had muscule spasm for a week and then elevate to my legs my back is better but my legs are very week is hard to walk and the

      dr think i have PAD so I had tested for both PAD and PVD and are both normal I'm having the same symtem as you having trouble walking upon rising in the mornig.

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    • Von
      Von
      January 19, 2011
      Von
      Von
      January 19, 2011
      My mother has been taking Simvasatatin 20mg for nearly 3 yrs, she had a heart attack 10 years ago and also s stroke. The last 2 years she has been complaining of 'feeling not with it' in her head, Dizzyness / cotton wool feeling. And she finds it difficult to walk long distances. Before thaking the tablets she was a very healthy 70 year old woman. Shall i advise her to stop taking for a couple of weeks and see if she feels better> READ MORE
    • dustty
      May 05, 2011
      dustty
      May 05, 2011

      I have been tacking simastatin for about 4 months I have pain in my right hip that comes and goes now all my joints hurt and my muscles

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    • Beverly
      March 17, 2012
      Beverly
      March 17, 2012

      Hi i was on silvastatin for 9yrs have been really unwell the last 5 weeks terrible muscle pain some mornings i cannot get out of bed bouts of severe cold teeth chattering unable to warm myself and then i have a raging temp dark urine and constapation i visited the doc they tested for arthritus and thyroid but everything fine so seen doc again and he advised me to stop silverstatin as i have lost 6 stone in weight and do not need them anymore however i have been off them for 2 weeks still really unwell aparently they can take up to 6 mths to get out of my system feeling really sorry for myself at the mo xx

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    • marlene
      April 10, 2012
      marlene
      April 10, 2012

      thank you for the info its been helpful. my cholesterol is 233 is that very high should i really be on this

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    • Lanny
      August 14, 2012
      Lanny
      August 14, 2012

      Im a 63 yr old male with crohns disease..Ive been taking simvastatin for approx 4 yrs, I just stopped taking it, its been about 4 days now and Ive NOTICED an improvement in my crohns condition...my God what a relief for me...I hope it continues.

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    • Lanny
      August 14, 2012
      Lanny
      August 14, 2012

      Im a 63 yr old male with crohns disease..Ive been taking simvastatin for approx 4 yrs, I just stopped taking it, its been about 4 days now and Ive NOTICED an improvement in my crohns condition...my God what a relief for me...I hope it continues.

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    • Lanny
      August 14, 2012
      Lanny
      August 14, 2012

      Im a 63 yr old male with crohns disease..Ive been taking simvastatin for approx 4 yrs, I just stopped taking it, its been about 4 days now and Ive NOTICED an improvement in my crohns condition...my God what a relief for me...I hope it continues.

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    • Lanny
      August 14, 2012
      Lanny
      August 14, 2012

      Im a 63 yr old male with crohns disease..Ive been taking simvastatin for approx 4 yrs, I just stopped taking it, its been about 4 days now and Ive NOTICED an improvement in my crohns condition...my God what a relief for me...I hope it continues.

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FROM OUR COMMUNITY

  • Tom Grant March 25, 2010
    Tom Grant
    March 25, 2010

    Does Simvastation 20 mg cause a change in my metabolism, cause a gain in weight?

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    • yenna
      November 04, 2010
      yenna
      November 04, 2010

      yes it makes your belly swell up I have been on these Tabs for the past mth and was a size 10 now am a  size 12 and its awful so I am now  on Lipator the new one that has just been given a free clearance ,I think I feel  likeI am Bio Imbalance

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  • ginny September 23, 2009
    ginny
    September 23, 2009

    why should i take it at bedtime

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    • ginny
      September 23, 2009
      ginny
      September 23, 2009

      why should i take it at bedtime

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    • beechick
      October 01, 2009
      beechick
      October 01, 2009

      my dr from the u of m told me the reason you take it at night is because that is when the bad cholesterol remakes more and this slowes it down, and that is why you have to have a blood test 2 weeks after starting to make sure you are still making enough and why you need testing regular...does it make me want to start using it NO but what else is a person to do...it scares the hell out of me putting something else man made in my body...as i stare at my first new bottle....

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    • trillium
      October 26, 2009
      trillium
      October 26, 2009

      Me too. Im looking at the posible side effects, and my doctor said it may cause muscle pain, but not likely. And no grapefruit juice...? What is that about. I too do not like the idea of changing blood chemistry around, but the alterative is worse I suppose. Wonder if ther are thosee out there who have indeed had side effects?

       

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    • flanigan
      November 02, 2009
      flanigan
      November 02, 2009

      It causes me muscles pain. I wonder  if I should  stop taking it. My Chol level is low now. TOTAL is  only 87.

      HDC  is 37.

      lLDCs 107.  

      RATIO IS  2.9

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    • KEEPING HEALTHY
      December 03, 2010
      KEEPING HEALTHY
      December 03, 2010

      IS THIS GOOD NEWS THE MEDICATION DID LOWER YOUR CHOLEST, LEVELS AND DID YOU CHANGE YOUR DIET, HOW LONG DID YOU TAKE THE MEDICINE FOR, AND ARE YOU STILL TAKING IT..

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    • carol
      January 04, 2011
      carol
      January 04, 2011

      I  tryed it at bed time. I could,nt sleep at night.  I start taking it in the afternoon after lunch. It worked for me. Yes why take it at bed time?.

       

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  • lawmed November 04, 2010
    lawmed
    November 04, 2010

    Ugh...there is not enough room here, nor is this the right forum for me to go on about the utterly flawed science behind the cholesterol myth and the big pharma statin fraud. Suffice it to say...if you have having ANY muscle pain from these drugs STOP THEM IMMEDIATELY. If you, or a relative, beginto have neurologic or mental impairment including depression, "dementia", alzheimer like symptoms, confusion, memory loss, ANY cognition issues...STOP THE DRUG IMMEDIATELY.

     

    If you are over 70, lowering your cholesterol may very well kill you. DO NOT TAKE A STATIN. If you are under 40 and someone wants you to take a statin ASK THEM WHAT LONG TERM EFFECTS CAN BE EXPECTED ON YOUR BRAIN AND FOR RESEARCH WHICH BACKS UP THEIR "OH THAT'S NOT A PROBLEM" RESPONSE. I

     

    If you are anyone else...DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU AGREE TO TAKE A STATIN...I HAVE GIVEN ANESTHESIA FOR 20 YEARS AND I WOULD NOT TOUCH A STAIN WITH A 10 FOOT POLE. NOR DO I ALLOW MY FAMILY TO TAKE THEM. This is CRAP science and a multibillion dollar fraud...that CAN leave you a blubbering idiot, or kill you.

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    • Pepper
      December 14, 2010
      Pepper
      December 14, 2010

      Can you tell me more please?  I am just turning 70 and my cardio doc just yesterday prescribed 20mg of simvastatin.  I have yet to fill it due to all I have read about the side effects.  Your posting is most vivid.  I lead a very active life style, walking 60 minutes daily, lifting weights, avoiding stress and carefully monitoring my diet.  Still, my levels are all high.  The doc says my body makes cholesterol.  I do not know what more I can do to avoid a medical problem in this regard.  My e-mail address is:  donmccabe7@yahoo.com  Any further advice you can give me would be most welcome.  I do not want to be a walking statistic, and I really feel good right now.  Taking this medicine might just throw me way out of balance.  Thank you for your attention to my inquiry.  

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    • jdb
      jdb
      January 09, 2012
      jdb
      jdb
      January 09, 2012

      Please give references of research that substantiates your comment

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  • Poochie December 14, 2009
    Poochie
    December 14, 2009

    I am currently taking 1/2 tablets of 10mg Crestor, at my doctors request. The 10mg was too much he thought.  I am changing to Simvastatin.  He prescribed 20mg.  Is this equivalent?  Or, where can you go to see what mg's are equivalent of two different durgs.   Thanks.

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  • lYNNE August 07, 2010
    lYNNE
    August 07, 2010

    What about hair loss while taking  Simvastatin. I seem to be loosing my hair.

    Thanks  Lynne

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    • yenna
      November 04, 2010
      yenna
      November 04, 2010

      I am a Hairdresser and found that Lipex had that side effect but the Simvastatin did not have that effect

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  • cordel May 14, 2010
    cordel
    May 14, 2010

    What is simvastatin usually substituted for?

     

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    • Shirley
      June 26, 2010
      Shirley
      June 26, 2010

      My insurance company doesn't want to pay for the high cost of Lipitor.  So,my doctor substituted Simvastatin 20 mg.  The ban on generic Lipitor runs out Nov. 2011, I understand.  I took Lipitor for 5 years before changing to Simvastatin.  I haven't had any side effects.

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    • yenna
      November 04, 2010
      yenna
      November 04, 2010

      Newzealand has just let the Lipitor be subbed so thats a plus

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    • the bowler
      February 17, 2012
      the bowler
      February 17, 2012

      I have been on Simvistatin/Zocor 20 for about 15 years and have no known side effects.   I stop taking it when I have Grapefruit.  I do not understand why though. 

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  • shirley April 27, 2010
    shirley
    April 27, 2010

    i AM TAKING SIMMVASTATIN 20MG BUT i GET BAD INDIGESTION WITH IT WHAT CAN i TAKE ALOMG WITH IT TO HELP THIS

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  • MCONCORDIA December 02, 2010
    MCONCORDIA
    December 02, 2010

    My doctor allowed my prescription plan to change from Lipitor 10 mg to SIMVASTATIN 20MG, is that OK?

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  • janetsue October 25, 2011
    janetsue
    October 25, 2011

    Does Simvastatin cause heartburn

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  • Barbara Risi June 15, 2011
    Barbara Risi
    June 15, 2011

    I have been taking 20 mg for three weeks and have tenderness in the calf of one leg. Should I be concerned. I am also very tired. I am also taking medication for hypothyroidism.

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  • Liz
    Liz
    May 07, 2012
    Liz
    Liz
    May 07, 2012

    i do not get into a deep sleep when i take 20 mg of simvastatin.......do i have to take at night ?

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  • aca
    aca
    January 12, 2012
    aca
    aca
    January 12, 2012

    i hv just started this medication since three day and now my viginal came out white discharge and it is very itch? do i need to proceed taking this medication or seek for doctor advice?

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  • nancy December 26, 2011
    nancy
    December 26, 2011

    does it cause you to have burst of crying?

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  • ljw
    ljw
    March 14, 2013
    ljw
    ljw
    March 14, 2013

    The heel of my left foot is very sore it's hard for to walk normal sometimes.the pain comes and goes .it hurts mostly when I sit or ride vthen get up to walk. Cannot walk fast .Have anyone encounterd this?

     

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    • emz
      emz
      March 14, 2014
      emz
      emz
      March 14, 2014

      Hi, my doctor prescribed me simvastatin for 1 month after my lab result  to lower my slight bad cholesterol.I have been taking simvastatin 20mg for 10days now but it disturbed my period making it delay from its regular cycle. I wonder if it is one of the side effects because it is not among those listed side effects?My activities are the same and im not having intimate relationship. Thank you

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  • orlando May 28, 2011
    orlando
    May 28, 2011

    side form simvastatin and glipizide and metformin.

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