Simvastatin Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check-ups. You may need regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly.
Your health care professional may tell you to stop taking this medicine if you develop muscle problems. If your muscle problems do not go away after stopping this medicine, contact your health care professional.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their health care professional if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
If you are going to need surgery or other procedure, tell your doctor that you are using this medicine.
This drug is only part of a total heart-health program. Your doctor or a dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet to help. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.
This medicine may cause a decrease in Co-Enzyme Q-10. You should make sure that you get enough Co-Enzyme Q-10 while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
fast or irregular heartbeat
bloody or cloudy urine
body aches or pain
difficult, burning, or painful urination
difficulty with breathing
difficulty with moving
flushed, dry skin
frequent urge to urinate
fruit-like breath odor
loss of consciousness
lower back or side pain
muscle cramps, spasms, or stiffness
unexplained weight loss
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
difficulty with swallowing
general tiredness and weakness
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
loss of appetite
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
tightness in the chest
troubled breathing with exertion
unusual bleeding or bruising
upper right abdominal or stomach pain
weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
yellow eyes or skin
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Acid or sour stomach
burning feeling in the chest or stomach
dizziness or lightheadedness
excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
lack or loss of strength
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
sensation of spinning
skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
tenderness in the stomach area
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.