41 patient evaluations for Simvastatin

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Jun 7, 2012 (Started Jun 20, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be careful with statins. My Hgb A1c blood sugar test had me in the pre-diabetes range, unalleviated by drastic improvements of diet. After a trial of no simvastatin for six weeks this Spring, my Hgb A1c was NORMAL. We are now doing a trial of 10 mg (vs. 20 mg) simvastatin for three months, then will measure my Hgb A1c again. New research is finding that approx. 14% of people who use some statins can develop diabetes because of them. I have lupus... DIABETES IS NOT AN OPTION!
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 20, 2012 (Started Apr 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 17, 2012 (Started Aug 17, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle and joint pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

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Nov 16, 2011 (Started Jun 06, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    Severe (cramps in pectoral muscles)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: Physicians need to be more aware of the need to review medications as potential causes of unexpected symptoms. Took this drug for two-plus years before I happened to read an article about stomach muscle pain and realized the drug was the cause of my long-term, consistent, daily, "odd" stomach muscle cramps. I believe (though am not quite as certain) that the drug impacted my muscle function, thus making weight lifting more difficult. It clearly impacted my quality of life. Symptoms ceased almost completely immediately after I stopped taking the drug. Had 1 major cramp a couple of days later and 1 major cramp about 3 weeks later and continue to notice slight occasional after effects (small cramps) to this day but the cramps are almost completely nonexistent now that the drug isn't being taken, compared to multiple cramps daily when I was taking the drug. Also, it's essential these drug side effects get reported. My doctor, pharmacist nor nurse were willing to report the side effect because "they already know." If more patient reports came in, perhaps the real picture of how many people are affected would become clear. Ought to be a law mandating medical professionals report ALL suspected side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 3, 2011 (Started Jul 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for stroke)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sep 21, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    Severe (muscle spasms, pain in shoulder(s))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Watch out for long term side effects! I have stopped taking this medication (20 mg/daily) and am now waiting to see what, if any, of my medical problems show improvement.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 1, 2011 (Started Aug 02, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 16, 2011 (Started Aug 02, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 15, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    Severe (swelling in legs, feet and ankles, toenails coming off)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had severe swelling with this medication so the Dr took me off. Toenails discolored and started to peel off also.
Side effects: swelling in legs, feet and ankles, toenails coming off

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Mar 12, 2011 (Started Mar 12, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support heart health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

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Feb 3, 2011 (Started Nov 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was on a super low dose but am concerned about this medication affecting my liver. I have stopped it until further advice from doctor.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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