Simvastatin Side Effects





As any medicine,  simvastatin has  side effects.  Most  people tolerate simvastatin well. The side effects in most cases are minor and do not require special treatment or are treated easily. Please note that the list below may include not all of simvastatin side effects that one may experience.

The most common simvastatin side effects include:

  • headache;
  • abdominal pain;
  • back pain;
  • dizziness or weakness;
  • upset stomach or nausea;
  • diarrhea or constipation;
  • rash, flushing, itching or redness;
  • runny or stuffy nose;

Rare simvastatin side effects

These simvastatin side effects occur in less than 1 per cent of patients taking simvastatin. However, they require immediate medical attention because they may cause serious, life-threatening health problems.

  • severe or continuous allergic reactions;
  • breathing difficulty;
  • face, lips, tongue or mouth swelling;
  • peeling skin;
  • tightness in the chest;
  • abnormally husky voice;
  • changed urine color (dark urine);
  • discolored stools;
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes;
  • tachycardia or arrhythmia;
  • numbness or tingling of the limbs;
  • swelling of the limbs;
  • severe or persistent  weakness, dizziness  or fainting;
  • severe or continuous nausea or stomach pain;
  • fever;
  • joint pain;
  • vision problems;
  • persistent muscle pain or cramps;
  • breast development in boys.

Simvastatin Side EffectsSometimes the side effects of simvastatin are unpredictable. You should inform your doctor about anything in your condition that seems abnormal. According to studies, about 1.4 per cent of people have to stop taking simvastatin because of side effects. You should follow your doctors directions exactly in order to minimize the possibility to experience any of  simvastatin side effects.