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Monday 13 June 2011

New restrictions, contraindications, and dose limitations for Zocor (simvastatin) to reduce the risk of muscle injury.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending limiting the use of the highest approved dose of the cholesterol-lowering medication, simvastatin (80 mg) because of increased risk of muscle damage. Simvastatin 80 mg should be used only in patients who have been taking this dose for 12 months or more without evidence of muscle injury (myopathy). Simvastatin 80 mg should not be started in new patients, including patients already taking lower doses of the drug. In addition to these new limitations, FDA is requiring changes to the simvastatin label to add new contraindications (should not be used with certain medications) and dose limitations for using simvastatin with certain medicines.



Anonymous said...

Steer clear of simvastatin, I had nothing but trouble, and do we really need it? No.


Dave P said...

Isnt it interesting ????................. Statins hailed as wonder drug, have so many reports of ill - effects and the potential for great harm. On the other hand Restrict Your Carbs and you are at imediate risk of God Knows What. In reality its been around since Donkeys Years with only a handfull of people suffering Carb Flu from the switch-over period. Go round the Forums and Pretty much all singing praise with the exception of those who wont , dont want to or arnt on it anyway or have a vested interest.
Is it a white elephant or the elephant in the room ?

Anonymous said...

Sue I agree with you. I also had nothing but trouble with leg cramps, it got so bad it was unbelievable. I guess each of us has a choice, but after my experience I wouldn't recommend them.

Lowcarb team member said...

Statins money for old rope, I just wish it was my rope. I'll never take them. The second greatest con of all time after sat fat will cause heart disease. Or telling a diabetic to base their diet on sugar/starch.