High cholesterol occurs when the level of lipids in your body becomes too high. Lipids are fatty cells made by the liver which affect the arteries and when you have high cholesterol the narrowing of the arteries by these lipids may lead to severe consequences such as heart attacks or (mini) strokes which may cause permanent damage or may even be fatal.
Treating high cholesterol with Zocor
Zocor is a very regular treatment method for high cholesterol. Zocor decreases the amount of lipids produced by the body thereby lowering the bad cholesterol, called LDL. At the same time the production of the good HDL cholesterol is promoted. Studies indicate that exact balance between HDL and LDL cholesterol is crucial if you develop problems such as high blood press and other cardiovascular diseases.
Contraindications for using Zocor
You may not use Zocor when you:
are about to have surgery
are over 65 years old
are allergic or sensitive to or have had a bad reaction to statin or a fibrate or any of the other ingredients in the past
are breast-feeding or pregnat
drink alcohol heavily
have kidney or liver problems
have or have a family history of muscle disorders
have or have had high blood pressure
have risk factors for rhabdomyolysis
Side effects of Zocor
Zocor rarely causes side effects and is therefore a preferred medication for many prescribers. When it does cause side effects, most of these problems are not serious, they may include respiratory infections, headaches and dizziness, abdominal pain, nausea or constipation.
However, should you experience liver problems such as jaundice, or muscle problmes, such as unexplained muscle pain, musclet enderness, muscle weakness or muscle cramps, you should immediately contact your physician and inform them you are using Zocor.
Interactions with Zocor
The following types of medicine may interact with Zocor:
calcium channel blockers
cytochrome P450 enzyme inducers
cytochrome P450 enzyme inhibitors
Warning: During the use of Zocor, you may not consume any grapefruit juice as the juice will interact with your medication.