What is Simvastatin?

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Simvastatin is an antilipid agent used with diet therapy to reduce risk for coronary heart disease, stroke and transient ischemic attacks (mini strokes). It is also used for treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 195 83
Hyperlipidemia 67 19
General health 52 10
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 31 16
Multiple sclerosis 23 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 30
Moderate 22
Mild 36
None 244

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Simvastatin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Muscle pain 9
Muscle cramps 7
Pain 5
Joint pain 4
Muscle and joint pain 4
Nausea 4

Show all 53 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Simvastatin

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 34
40 mg daily 29
10 mg daily 12
5 mg daily 4
80 mg daily 3
10 mg twice daily 1
60 mg daily 1
100 mg daily 1
1600 mg daily 1
20mg as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Simvastatin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 106
Side effects too severe 69
Other 40
Personal research 28
Did not seem to work 27
Change in health plan coverage 8
Course of treatment ended 8
Expense 7
See all 236 patients who've stopped taking Simvastatin

Duration

Currently taking Simvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 46

Stopped taking Simvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 46
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 20
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 273
Usually 29
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 282
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 16
< $25 176
Not specified 138

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Simvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 13
Lovastatin (Mevacor) 3
ezetimibe-simvastatin (Vytorin) 1
Hydrochlorothiazide-Lisinopril (San Lisinopril-HCTZ) 1
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Simvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 34
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 6
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 3
ezetimibe-simvastatin (Vytorin) 1
Fexofenadine (Allegra) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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41 patient evaluations for Simvastatin

Dec 8, 2019 (Started Jul 01, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 26, 2018 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Zetia and zocor are still keeping my cholesterol levels down.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 11, 2015 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Zocor and Zetia are still keeping my cholesterol levels down.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 16, 2014 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Zocor and Zetia are still keeping my cholesterol levels down.

Jul 14, 2012 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 23, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hyperlipidemia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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