What is Lipex (Simvastatin) used for?
Lipex (Simvastatin) is an oral statin medication used to reduce high levels of cholesterol or triglycerides. It operates by reducing levels of "bad" cholesterol (low density lipoproteins) while raising levels of "good" cholesterol (high density lipoproteins). This effect also makes it useful for preventing major cardiac events including heart attacks, strokes, or angina. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Lipex (Simvastatin)?
Lipex (Simvastatin) is typically administered once each day at a dosage of one tablet, but your particular instructions will be determined by your physician based on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow the tablets whole and unaltered along with a large glass of water. They may be taken with or without food, but a snack or meal is recommended if you get an upset stomach. Do not crush, chew, or split the tablets before use as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Ask your physician or pharmacist any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Lipex (Simvastatin)?
Some patients using Lipex (Simvastatin) may experience side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are confusion, severe muscle pain, flu symptoms, unusual swelling, increased thirst, painful urination, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Contact your physician as soon as you experience any symptoms that are intense or worrying to make sure the correct alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further problems from occurring.
Do not begin using Lipex (Simvastatin) if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, if the patient is under the age of ten, if you have unexplained raised results in liver function tests, or active liver disease. Also inform your physician if you are over the age of seventy, drink large amounts of alcohol, have porphyrias, an underactive thyroid, muscle disorders, decreased kidney function, decreased liver function, or if you have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. These conditions may require alterations to your dosage to prevent unexpected health problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Lipex (Simvastatin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.