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Taken overdose of simvastatin for persisting chest infection. What to do?

Hi, I have just realised that I have mistakenly taken 6 Simvastatins today instead of 1. The reason behind this is that I went to the doctors on Friday with a persistent chest infectin and she put me on 2 Erythromycin 4 times a day and told me to stop taking the Simvastatins until the antibiotics were used up. I intend to stop taking all these tablets to say Monday morning when I will start to take the antibiotics again. I feel OK and I am generally healthy. Thanks, Alan.
Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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Statins by class effect are very safe drugs and if you have taken 6 of them ( I assume you take 10 mg ) it will be 60 mg.
up to 80 mg of atorvastatin / simvastatin can be safely given in cardiac cases in acute ischemic events,so you have nothing to worry about taking 6 tabs.
Just be careful in future about the doses,not all drugs have so much margin of safety.
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Taken overdose of simvastatin for persisting chest infection. What to do?

Statins by class effect are very safe drugs and if you have taken 6 of them ( I assume you take 10 mg ) it will be 60 mg. up to 80 mg of atorvastatin / simvastatin can be safely given in cardiac cases in acute ischemic events,so you have nothing to worry about taking 6 tabs. Just be careful in future about the doses,not all drugs have so much margin of safety.