Simlup (Simvastatin) belongs to a group of drugs known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, shortly known as ""statins."" It is used to reduce the level of ""bad"" cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and increase the levels of the beneficial cholesterol which is high in lipoprotein or HDL. As such, Simlup (Simvastatin) lowers the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart complications in patients with coronary heart conditions, diabetes, or other risk factors.
How to use Simlup
It is important that you take Simlup (Simvastatin) as instructed by the doctor. The tablets are taken orally with water. Consume the medicine in the required amounts and period to avoid side effects that come with consuming large quantities of the drug. Do not alter the structure of the tablets or self-medicate yourself.
Patients are required to visit the doctor before they start using this medicine. This is aimed at determining the right dosage depending on the condition of the patient`s health, their medical history and the severity of the treated condition. Your doctor can change the dosage gradually in line with the response. In many instances, the starting dose is 20mg a day at the evening for a few weeks. After an evaluation by the doctor, you may be required to increase or reduce the dose. The maximum dose that can be taken per day is 40mg. Usually, the treatment depends on the condition being treated and the age of the patient. Patients younger than 10 years are not suitable to take this medicine.
Simlup Side Effects
The common side effects of using Simlup (Simvastatin) include a headache, nausea, constipation, stomach pain, and cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sore throat, and sneezing. Seek immediate medical attention should you experience allergic reactions to the medicine such as skin rashes, skin discolouration, having difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, throat, limbs or lips. In rare instances, prolonged consumption of Simlup (Simvastatin) may cause a condition that may result in the breakdown of the skeletal muscle tissue, which is a cause of kidney problems.
Avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit while using Simlup (Simvastatin) since the body will produce more cholesterol which is what is being reduced in this case. Inform your doctor if you are under any medication to avert the risk of severe muscle complications. Such drugs include lomitapide, HIV/AIDS medication, hepatitis C medications, antifungal medication or other heart medications. Also, patients suffering from liver diseases should not take this medicine without first consulting their doctors.
It is important to visit the doctor regularly to keep tabs on your progress. If you have an allergy toward simvastatin, this medicine may not be suitable for you. To ensure that you are safe using this medication it is important to disclose some information to your doctor. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding since it can affect the foetus and the nursing baby respectively, if you have a history of liver or kidney diseases, if you have diabetes, or if you consume more than 2 alcoholic beverage daily.