Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

179 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Is simvastatin 40mg vary high as a dosage ?

i am 51 and just had my blood work done. I am a female. my total cholestrol is 245 and my ldl is 174. My sugar is 110. I am 5ft.1 and weigh 165lbs. My doctor put me on 40mg. of simvastatin once a day, and on a diet . I have taken it for 6 days and i am going to stop taking it. The side effects are very scary from wht i am reading . I also have a terrible case of upper respiratory infection going on at the same time i started this med. I feel sick in my stomach and am coughing and wheezing. I want to try to get my cholestrol down through diet and exercise instead of this terrible med. I think 40mg. is too high of a dose. What do you think? Thank you I am terrified to continue taking this drug.
Wed, 4 May 2011
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,   ,   ,   ,   ,   ,   ,   ,   ,   ,  
Drug/Medication ,   ,  
Medical Topics
  User's Response
Hi Lisa,

Welcome to Healthcare Magic forum.

Simvastatin is a hypolipidemic drug which reduces LDL levels to 50% and increases HDL (beneficial for the body). The dose is started with 20 mg and then increased gradually if cholesterol levels are not coming under recommended range.

Common side effects may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, indigestion, and a general feeling of weakness. Rare side effects include joint pain, memory loss, and muscle cramps. Cholestatic hepatitis, hepatic cirrhosis, rhabdomyolysis and myositis have been reported in patients receiving the drug chronically.

Please do not be scared of the side effects. Every drug has it own side effects which may present in some people and not everybody. You having a respiratory infection is not a side effect of simvastatin and might be present coincidentally. Coughing and wheezing could be due to the respiratory infection while nausea could be due to gastritis on consuming many drugs at a time (as you might be on antibiotics, bronchodilators, hypolipidemic drugs).

The course of simvastatin is short term. It would be discontinued once your cholesterol levels comes under recommended range. So I advise you to continue simvastatin as prescribed by your doctor.

Hope this answers your query.

Wish you a speedy recovery.

I find this answer helpful

1 Doctor agrees with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

70 year old female prescribed amlodipine 10 mg added to current medications for high blood pressure (atenolol 100 mg, lisinopril/hydrochlorthiazide 20-12.5mg) following treatment at local clinic for poison ivy treatment with steroids. The clinic recommended a follow up visit to the family doctor for 192/95 reading at the clinic prior to the steroid treatment). The family doctor prescribed the above amlodipine to be added because the blood pressure reading was similar to the clinic reading. Other medications are as follows: levothyroxine 75 mcg, simvastatin 40 mg, and prevent 10 mg, over the counter . The two questions I have are:1. Should the simvastatin dose be less than 20 mg while on amlodipine?2. Does the Prevagen (calcium binding protein) affect the Amlodipine (calcium channel blocker) in any way?

doctor1 MD

I am a healthy 70 year old male, don t smoke, exercise 5 days a week, take numerous supplements, olive leaf oil, coconut oil and a few more.The question is I am a carrier of high cholesterol, with my current diet and 40mg of Simvastatin my cholesterol is around 200 with 90 LDL and 85HDL. I eat a lot of soluble fiber and Niacin etc to keep it as low as I can. I want to quit taking the Simvastatin at my does it matter if I take it, arteries are clean, hearts good, carotid arteries are good. No other prescriptions just the above supplements.

doctor1 MD

I recently had another bone density test and I now have osteoporosis after previously having osteopenia . My Dr. said next checkup she will put me on Fosamax.....she didn t the 1st of Dec. because she put me on a statin......not sure about that either. Anyway, I have GERD (diagnosed in the past ) and I am afraid of the stomach pain associated with taking Fosamax.....not sure about that and also the side effects of Simvastain 10 mg. dosage.....please help with your thoughts on these.....thanks so much!

Recent questions on  Atorvastatin

doctor1 MD

what do they do to prevent urinary incontinence in a patient who is going to have a colonoscopy?

patient is a female who will be 80 in may, about 5'4" and weighs about 118 lbs. Is on night oxygen. Has copd, takes lipitor for high cholesterol, bp meds, prilosec for gerd and fortical for osteoporosis.

doctor1 MD

Can I take viagra whilst on prescriptions for ramipril 2.5mg, atorvastatin 20mg and omeprazole 20mg I have had haemochromatosis for 6 years Apart from that I’m healthy and run 60km on average per week including competitive races I have been...

doctor1 MD

My Father has been gone through the medical health check-up.I need your input over the attached reports.My father is taking medicine triglynase1 before lunch for the last one month.Before that for the last one year my father was taking medicine...

doctor1 MD

My Father has been gone through the medical health check-up.I need your input over the attached reports.Mainly i want to know the health of the heart. And what we need to do next.

doctor1 MD

I am having a problem with my lips burning, tingling, sore, iching. I am on meds Gabapentin 300mg, atorvastatin 20mg vibryd 20mg, lisinopril 20 mg. my daughter thinks I might be having a allergic reaction. I talked to dr.s nurse last week and he told me to use carmex and drink water. Did that got some better but today has been another bad day.

doctor1 MD


doctor1 MD

I'm having SGOT 44 and SGPT 67 and trigliceride at 400. I'm on 10 mg Atorvastatin. I used to take 160 mg of Lipitor also along with Atorvastatin. I've stopped Lipitor for last 2 months. I have been on these drugs for last 5 years. The SGPT and SGOT have been steadily over the last 5 year. Please advise.