Generic: Simvastatin – Generic for Zocor
Manufacturer: Various Companies
Date approved: 2006
Status: Prescription Only
Approved uses: Simvastatin reduces cholesterol in the blood which may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications.
Rhabdomyolysis – Fatal Muscle Damage especially in high doses or patients of Chinese descent
Myopathy – Serious Muscle Toxicity
Common Misspellings: sinvastatin, simbastatin, simvistatin, simvastin
Simvastatin Side Effects
In March 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking 80mg of simvastatin (Zocor) to muscle injury. The risk of injury is increased amount patients of Chinese descent as well as patients taking other blood pressure medications. For a full list of medications, visit the FDA website. Patients should consult with his or her doctor before changing or stopping the prescribed dose, however the risks have been reported in patients taking 20mg or more of simvastatin (Zocor).