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) 189 72
Hyperlipidemia 64 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 31
Moderate 20
Mild 40
None 224

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Simvastatin

Side effect Patients
Muscle pain 9
Muscle cramps 7
Pain 5
Cramps in legs 4
Joint pain 4
Muscle and joint pain 4

Show all 68 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Simvastatin

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 87
40 mg daily 78
10 mg daily 30
5 mg daily 11
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 13 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Simvastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 102
Side effects too severe 69
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
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 73

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 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 256
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 265
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 16
< $25 177
Not specified 120

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) 28
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

Nov 18, 2013 (Started Feb 04, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 4, 2013 (Started Jan 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was worried about this possibly causing ALS. My dr said the risk of heart disease was much greater off than the risk of ALS was on Simvastatin. My new dr and I agree that, with my compromised immune system and fact that my cholesterol wasn't real high before going on it, I should stop taking it and watch my diet/exercise and we'll check my cholesterol levels again at a later date. She also said that it could be causing some of my pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 28, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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