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Simvastatin : Interaction with Food, Herbs and Alcohol


Interaction of Simvastatin with Food, Herbs and Alcohol - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Simvastatin is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, also known as a "statin", used for lowering high cholesterol and triglycerides in certain patients with appropriate diet. It reduces the risk of cardio vascular diseases, and blood vessels blockage.

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Simvastatin Interactions with Food and Herbs

Grapefruit Juice: Grapefruit juice increases the concentration of simvastatin in the blood stream leading to possible side effects.

Simvastatin Interactions with Alcohol

  • Intake of simvastatin can lead to the side effects like an increase of liver enzymes and liver damage.
  • If you take alcohol while taking this medicine, it may further increase the risk of the side effect on the liver.
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How to Take the Medication -

  • Simvastatin is available in the form of a tablet which can be taken once a day with food or on an empty stomach.
  • Try to take it at around the same time every day.
  • Read and follow the instructions carefully as given on the prescription label.
  • Stick to the dose and do not stop taking medicine without talking to your doctor even if you feel well.
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