What is Simvastatin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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) 187 70
Hyperlipidemia 65 20
General health 52 9
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 32 16
Multiple sclerosis 23 6

Show all 35 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 30
Moderate 20
Mild 37
None 227

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Simvastatin

Side effect Patients
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
20 mg daily 80
40 mg daily 76
10 mg daily 29
5 mg daily 10
80 mg daily 7
60 mg daily 3
daily 2
2.5 mg m,w,f 1
20 mg weekly 1
10 mg twice daily 1

See all 14 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Simvastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 103
Side effects too severe 68
Other 39
Personal research 29
Did not seem to work 27
Change in health plan coverage 8
Course of treatment ended 8
Expense 7
See all 231 patients who've stopped taking Simvastatin

Duration

Currently taking Simvastatin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 88
10 years or more 76

Stopped taking Simvastatin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 51
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 255
Usually 29
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 264
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 16
< $25 171
Not specified 125

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Simvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 13
Lovastatin (Mevacor) 3
ezetimibe-simvastatin (Vytorin) 1
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 1
Lisinopril (Zestril) 1

Patients stopped taking Simvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 29
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 5
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

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 (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol)
  • 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 (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

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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