How to Take Simvastatin

Always follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take simvastatin. The recommendations below are for the most general case and for your information only. Your personal schedule and simvastatin dose may depend on medications you are taking, your age, other diseases you may have and other factors.

Simvastatin is taken by mouth, usually once a day in the evening at the same time of the day, with a glass of water, with or without food. In certain cases simvastatin can be prescribed to be taken 3 times a day.

In some cases patients start low dose and gradually increase it, not more than once every 4 weeks.

Continue to take simvastatin even if you feel well. Do not stop taking simvastatin without talking to your doctor. If you experience any of simvastatin side effects, contacy your doctor immediately.  Some  side effects may force you to stop taking simvastatin and use alternative treatment.

Simvastatin and Diet

how to take simvastatinIn the course of treatment with simvastatin you should eat a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet that includes much fruit and vegetables, cottage cheese and low fat milk, polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils. Foods with excess fat (fat meat, cakes, cookies, gravy, peanut butter, chocolate, potato chips, fried foods , coconut, cheese, pastries, egg yolks, cream, whole milk) should be avoided.

Large quantities of grapefruit juice (more than 1 quart a day) should be avoided while on simvastatin!