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

    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). 

     

    Common side effects from the medication are stomach upset, and rarer side effects include muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness. You should talk to your doctor if you develop any other side effects, since some (including yellowing eyes, dark urine, severe fatigue, or persistent nausea). Again, these side effects are largely uncommon, but if you have any concerns you should talk to a doctor or your pharmacist.

     

    In the meantime, you should consider other ways of lowering your cholesterol as well. Weight loss, including loss achieved on a low-carb diet, as well as the use of plant sterols and stanols can help.

         

               

               

    • P Chacon
      December 07, 2009
      P Chacon
      December 07, 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 09, 2011
      neta
      January 09, 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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