Taking Zocor, a top selling Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drug? What Do you Need to Know
Lower level of cholesterol in the blood and arteries (as deposits) means lower risk of cardiovascular disease and longer lifespan. Patients diagnosed with heart disease or other serious cardiovascular problems are often prescribed with Zocor, a cholesterol-lowering drug to keep their cholesterol numbers under control.
So What is Zocor?
Zocor is described as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or “statins.” It reduces the level of “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood and on the other hand may increase the levels of “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). Statins blocks an enzyme found in the liver that turns some of the foods you eat into cholesterol.
When should you avoid taking Zocor?
Everyone cannot take Zocor for heart disease. You should not take Zocor, if you are:
- allergic to simvastatin
- pregnant or breast-feeding
- suffering with liver/kidney disease
In exceptional cases, Zocor can cause breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue (recent FDA warning), leading to kidney failure. So, it is advisable to inform your specialist right away, you are experiencing unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness with fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.
What to eat when Taking Zocor?
- Taking low fat or cholesterol diet with exercise and losing a little weight are very important to reduce total cholesterol levels. Zocor will likely have reduced effect, if you are not following a cholesterol-lowering diet plan. It is advised to take diet advice from a dietician.
What not to eat or drink?
- As I mentioned earlier that you should avoid eating high fat diet and along with this you should not take grapefruit and grapefruit juice. The grapefruit products may interact with simvastatin and lead to potentially dangerous effects.
- Many other drugs like niacin (Nicolar, Nicobid, Slo-Niacin, others), danazol (Danocrine), amiodarone (Cordarone), cholestyramine (Questran) or colestipol (Colestid), warfarin (Coumadin), erythromycin (E-Mycin, Ery-Tab, others) can also interact with simvastatin and prevents its full absorption.
- I know it is hard for regular drinkers, but you may have to say “good bye” to alcohol altogether. Alcohol intake can raise triglyceride levels and may also increase your risk of liver damage.
It is crucial for patients and doctors to consider the benefits and potential risks of any drug before deciding on any treatment.
Ask yourself- have you made any changes to your diet or lifestyle to improve your cholesterol? Add your heart disease prevention tips to the comments.