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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 disease .

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.


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