Zocor is clinically proven to help lower cholesterol levels of people who have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in their blood. Zocor is an example of a statin, which is a type of medication that reduces harmful cholesterol by targeting an enzyme that causes it to be produced. Statins are beneficial to high cholesterol patients because they significantly reduce the risk of associated complications, such as angina, atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.
The active ingredient contained in Zocor (simvastatin) stops too much LDL cholesterol from being produced by the liver. It does this by preventing an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase, which plays an important role in cholesterol production. This means that there is less LDL cholesterol and a better balance of "good" cholesterol (high density lipoprotein) in your blood. The medication also lowers levels of triglycerides.
Zocor also brings down the levels of other dangerous fats in your blood, such as triglycerides. As well as this, it also promotes production of HDL (high density lipoprotein), which is a 'good' type of cholesterol and protects the arteries against the damaging effects of LDL.
The primary benefit of Zocor is its ability to significantly lower cholesterol levels in your blood to reduce the risk of serious cardiovascular illness developing. It is most effective if it forms part of a wider regime to reduce your cholesterol, such as alongside a healthy diet. Zocor is an effective treatment for people whose high cholesterol is caused by genetic or related to lifestyle factors.
Stopping smoking is a great way to raise 'good' HDL. Studies have shown that people over quit smoking for a one-year period increased their HDL levels by approximately 2.4mg per mg/dl, whereas the HDL levels in the group who continued smoking remained roughly the same.
Further studies have shown that a 1mg/dl rise in HDL lowers the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart disease.
Just 30 minutes of moderate-heavy exercise per day can help you increase the effects of Zocor. Advised activities include walking, jogging and cycling. Day-to-day activities, such as gardening, also count towards your exercise quota.
If you stick to a diet that is low in saturated fats, this will help you lower LDL levels. These foods include vegetables, fruits and oats.
Each tablet should be swallowed whole in the evening with a glass of water - this is because your liver produces most of the cholesterol at night. It does not matter whether you do this with or without food. You should never take more or less tablets than have been prescribed to you unless you have been expressly advised to do so by a doctor. You should make sure you maintain a healthy lifestyle to get the most benefit from this medication, for example by maintaining a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise.
It's important to keep taking it on a long-term basis, because if you don't then your body will start to produce cholesterol in quantities large enough to make your levels rise.
Zocor tablets are available to buy online in the following doses: 10mg, 20mg, 40mg or 80mg. Which one you should use will depend on your condition and your doctor's instructions; however you will normally be started on the 20mg or 40mg doses. Depending on how your body responds to the medication, you may find that your dosage is increased, up to the maximum of 80mg. This decision can only be made be a medical professional, and you should never increase your dosage without your GP's consent.
All the dosages available with this drug have been formulated by the manufacturer to maintain the efficacy of Zocor, whilst simultaneously reducing potential side effects.
It is unlikely that you will experience side effects while taking this high cholesterol treatment, but as with any prescription medication they are a possibility. Mild effects could include:
More serious side effects are rare, but could include:
You should speak to a doctor if you experience any serious side effects as a matter of urgency.
This is a prescription medication, and as such will only be recommended to people for whom it will be both effective and safe. Zocor is often prescribed to patients who have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as diabetes or hypertension. Some medications, such as amiodarone, may react negatively with this medication, and so it is important that you note during your consultation if you are currently taking any other medication.
Some existing medical conditions that some individuals may have will mean that Zocor is not an appropriate high cholesterol medication, so you should also disclose any health conditions you have during your consultation. Only those people who have been recommended this medication to treat high cholesterol will be able to buy Zocor at HealthExpress.
For further information about the potential adverse effects, as well as the precautions and interactions of Zocor oral tablets, please refer to the helpful patient leaflet, which is included with your medication. It is also available for download towards the bottom of this page.
You can order Zocor online If your doctor has recommended this medication to treat high cholesterol. You will need to first complete a confidential and free online consultation, which will include questions relating to your medical history and current condition. One of our doctors will then review this consultation to verify if Zocor is a suitable treatment for you. Once this has been approved, you will be issued with a prescription, which will then be filed and dispensed by our pharmacy.
We dispatch every order from a registered pharmacy using a free overnight delivery service.
If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact our helpful customer service team.