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) 188 64
Hyperlipidemia 63 20
General health 52 9
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 32 16
Multiple sclerosis 23 6

Show all 33 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
32
Moderate
20
Mild
40
None
212

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Simvastatin

Side effect Patients
Muscle pain 10
Muscle cramps 7
Joint pain 5
Pain 5
Cramps in legs 4
Muscle and joint pain 4

Show all 67 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Simvastatin

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 87
40 mg daily 67
10 mg daily 27
5 mg daily 14
80 mg daily 9
60 mg daily 3
2.5 mg m,w,f 1
2.5 mg daily 1
20 mg weekly 1
10 mg twice daily 1

See all 16 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Simvastatin

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 100
Side effects too severe 69
Other 38
Personal research 29
Did not seem to work 27
Change in health plan coverage 8
Course of treatment ended 8
Expense 8
See all 229 patients who've stopped taking Simvastatin

Duration

Currently taking Simvastatin

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 67

Stopped taking Simvastatin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 245
Usually 28
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 18
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 23
Not at all hard to take 254
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 16
< $25 172
Not specified 114

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Simvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 12
Lovastatin (Mevacor) 3
ezetimibe-simvastatin (Vytorin) 1
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 1
Lisinopril (Zestril) 1

Patients stopped taking Simvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 27
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 4
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 3
ezetimibe-simvastatin (Vytorin) 1
Fexofenadine (Allegra) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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40 patient evaluations for Simvastatin

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

Aug 11, 2015 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (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.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 16, 2014 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (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.

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

Sep 30, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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