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 723 173
High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia) 178 55
Hyperlipidemia 59 19
General health 52 9
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 33 17
Multiple Sclerosis 22 5

Show all 39 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 39
None 199

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 81
40 mg daily 68
10 mg daily 30
5 mg daily 11
80 mg daily 4
20 mg twice daily 1
60 mg daily 1
160 mg daily 1
1,600 mg daily 1
1mg as needed 1

See all 12 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Simvastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 98
Side effects too severe 70
Other 38
Personal research 28
Did not seem to work 24
Change in health plan coverage 8
Course of treatment ended 8
Expense 7
See all 222 patients who’ve stopped taking Simvastatin

Duration

Currently taking Simvastatin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 87
10 years or more 51

Stopped taking Simvastatin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 43
6 months - 1 year 29
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 50
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 234
Usually 26
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 241
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 15
< $25 163
Not specified 110

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Simvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 10
Lovastatin (Mevacor) 3
ezetimibe-simvastatin (Vytorin) 1
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 1
Lisinopril (Zestril) 1

Patients stopped taking Simvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 20
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

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gwadhwa
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gwadhwa
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 64
Condition: Hyperlipidemia
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Hyperlipidemia

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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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rose5
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:
Parkinson's

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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
dmitts1
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dmitts1
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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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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