Simvastatin Overdose




For the time being, there have been a few documented cases of simvastatin overdose in humans, which caused no long-lasting problems or death. Generally, simvastatin overdose is not fatal but is commonly associated with increase of side effects, proportionally to the dose taken. If you have already been experiencing some of simvastatin side effects, they may aggravate from overdose on simvastatin. The most typical simvastatin overdose symptoms are gastrointestinal disorders, like constipation, diarrhea, stomal ache, indigestion. Other, less commom effects may include:

  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain or cramps
  • Discolored/ clay-like stools
  • Insomnia
  • Jaundice

Please, not that overdose of simvastatin means not just taking the medication in enormously large quantities but also taking a larger dose than necessary. The correct simvastatin dose depends on one’s age, weight, liver and kidney condition and other health parameters. For example, a normal dose of simvastatin for a healthy person would cause simvastatin overdose effects in a patient with diabetes, liver or kidney problems.

What If I Overdose on Simvastatin?

Seek emergency medical help or call the Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.

Simvastatin overdose treatment

Simvastatin overdose treatment methods include stomach pumping or the use of emetics (the medications that cause vomiting) for recent overdose, or fluids through an intravenous line. In addition, all of the observable simvastatin overdose effects are being carefully monitored, as well as heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate are measured.

Simvastatin overdose studies

Massive simvastatin overdose can be fatal in mice, according to studies. However, death was the only simvastatin overdose effect observed. In dogs, no deaths of long-lasting problems were observed. The most common side effects were: mucousy stools and vomiting.

Studies have shown that massive doses of simvastatin can be lethal in mice, although no specific symptoms (other than death) were noted. However, studies in dogs suggested that massive overdoses are not likely to cause serious or long-lasting problems (the only symptoms seen were vomiting and mucousy stools).

If your are searching the information about simvastatin overdose with the purpose to overdose deliberately, don’t do that and get help! Simvastatin overdose is not fatal but you may cause serious damage to your health, which will cause much suffering and pain!

Simvastatin overdose in children

Simvastatin can be used to treat children over 10 years old - that’s the youngest age that participated in studies. No overdose side effects beyond those observed in adults were reported in children so far. However, not enough time passed since the studies were done to make conclusions on absence of long-lasting problems. However, please note that due to a relatively small number of children taking simvastatin, overdose statistics may be insufficient. If you know or suspect that your child tool too large dose of simvastatin or took the medication incidentally, call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 immediately and call emergency. Please note that children are exposed to higher risk for accidental overdose. Keep the medication in a place out of reach of children.