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company. Merck discovers, develops, manufactures and markets a
broad range of innovative products to improve human and animal
health, directly and through its joint ventures.
Merck & Co., Inc., is the manufacturer of the
cholesterol-lowering prescription drug Zocor (simvastatin),
ZOCOR1 (simvastatin) is a lipid-lowering agent that is derived
synthetically from a fermentation product of Aspergillus terreus.
Simvastatin is an HMG CoA reductase inhibitor. Simvastatin
blocks the production of cholesterol (a type of fat) in the
body. Simvastatin is used to reduce the total amounts of
cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, triglycerides (another type
of fat), and apolipoprotein B (a protein needed to make
cholesterol) in your blood. Simvastatin (Zocor) is also used to
increase the level of HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood.
These actions may reduce the risk of hardening of the arteries,
which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and peripheral vascular
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zocor in 1991
Statin drugs have become very popular and are being widely
prescribed in recent years to lower high blood cholesterol and
thus reduce the risk for heart disease. These drugs block
cholesterol production in the body by inhibiting the enzyme
called HMG-CoA reductase in the early steps of its synthesis in
the mevalonate pathway.
This same biosynthetic pathway is also shared by CoQ10.
Therefore, one consequence of statin drugs is the unintentional
inhibition of CoQ10 synthesis. Statin drugs could predispose the
patients to heart disease by lowering their CoQ10 status, the
very condition that these drugs are intended to prevent.
ZOCOR ® (Simvastatin) Tablets SIDE EFFECTS
Rare cases of muscle problems and liver problems have been
associated with the use of simvastatin and other similar
medicines. Other side effects include unexplained muscle pain,
tenderness, or weakness, especially if accompanied by a fever or
flulike symptoms or yellowing of the skin or eyes, abdominal
pain, unexplained fatigue, dark colored urine or pale colored
stools. These may be early symptoms of muscle or liver problems.
ZOCOR CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT
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No recall has been initiated
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