Zocor is a prescription drug that is considered to be an HMG CoA reductase inhibitor. Zocor is administered in tablet form and is sometimes referred to as Simvastatin. This drug blocks the manufacturing of cholesterol that builds up in the body. Zocor is prescribed to patients who have found that improving their daily diets and incorporating more physical fitness into their lives has not been enough to lower their level of LDL cholesterol. This drug sees to it that bad cholesterol (or LDL cholesterol) is lowered, as are triglycerides in the bloodstream along with apolipoprotein B. The latter is a protein that must be present in the body in order for cholesterol to be produced in the first place. All cholesterol however is not detrimental to the body. The body also produces HDL or good cholesterol and taking a regular dosage of Zocor helps to increase the amount that is present in the blood.
Zocor is effective in helping to prevent many health problems that relate to the circulatory system and coronary heart disease (CHD) such as heart attacks, peripheral vascular disease, strokes and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Taking this drug on a regular basis helps to lower the risk that is implicit in having any form or cardiac surgery such as coronary artery bypass grafting or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.
Zocor tablets contain simvastatin, which is the foremost active ingredient, but they also contain a variety of inactive ingredients. These inactive components of the drug include cellulose, lactose, iron oxides, magnesium stearate, starch, talc and titanium dioxide. As a preservative Zocor contains traces of butylated hydroxyanisole.
To achieve optimal results, Zocor should be taken with the last meal of the day or else right before bedtime. It must be taken on a consistent basis and taking it with a glass of water is a must. Many doctors request that their patients have regular blood work while taking the drug in order to be aware of how much progress is being made as well as if any side effects are being noted.
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