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Simvastatin

05/05/2011

Question:

Im just wondering if Simvastatin subst for zocor is safe to take i am worried about muscle pain and hair loss. i just need to know if its ok to take.

Answer:

Simvastatin is both the generic name for and the active ingredient in ZocorĀ®. Whether simvastatin is taken in the form of the brand-name product ZocorĀ® or in the form of a generic equivalent, the side effects are the same. Common side effects of simvastatin include abdominal pain, constipation, nausea and headache. More serious side effects are less common, and include liver damage and muscle and tendon damage. Hair loss is very rare.

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Michael  Ganio, PharmD Michael Ganio, PharmD
Clinical Applications Pharmacist
Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University