Simvastatin is the generic name given to a family of drugs known as HMG CoA inhibitors or statins which reduce levels of bad cholesterol known as LDL and triglycerides in the blood while increasing levels of good cholesterol known ad HDL in the blood.
This drug is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack and other complications in people with diabetics, coronary heart disease or other risk factors and is used for adults and children who are 10 years or older.
It is suggested moderate drinking only while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, history of liver or kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disorder or if you drink more than 2 alcohol drinks per day.
Less serious side effects are headache, joint pain, mild muscle pain, constipation, stomach pain or indigestion, mild nausea, mild skin rash, sleep problems, cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat.. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, weakness, fever, unusual tiredness, dark coloured urine, pain or burning when urinating, swelling, weight gain, changes in urination, nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools or jaundice.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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