Simvastatin Dosage

The right simvastatin dosage is critical for successful treatment. Each individual may require specific simvastatin dosage due to certain factors such as differences in age, underlying medical conditions, intake of other medications, weight. The following simvastatin dosage guidelines may serve as your reference towards correct dosage administration of the medicine, and so as to prevent overdosage and simvastatin side effects. However, you should use these simvastatin dosage guidelines only for information purposes. You should always follow your doctor’s instructions on simvastatin dosage.

Simvastatin Dosage Guidelines: Your Reference To Avoid Overdose

  1. The usual starting simvastatin dose for adults with hyperlipidemia is 5 to 10 mg once a day which should be taken usually in the evening. The maintenance dosage falls from 5 mg to 80 mg once a day and should also be taken at night.
  2. The usual dose of simvastatin for adolescents with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia is 10 mg on a daily basis, taken at night. The recommended maintenance dosage should be between 10 mg to 40 mg daily, taken at night also.
  3. Patients with renal impairment should be started at 5 mg daily. Patients with this condition should be closely monitored because simvastatin does not undergo significant renal excretion process.
  4. The simvastatin dosage levels for Chinese patients should also be monitored. Chinese are known to be of high risk for myopathy. This condition is dose-related and such a patient of Chinese descent should not be allowed to take 80 mg of simvastatin daily co-administered with lipid-modifying dosages of niacin-containing medicines and products.
  5. Patients who are also taking bile acid sequestrants such as gemfibrozil should not be allowed to exceed 10 mg of simvastatin daily.
  6. Patients taking cyclosporine should be started on initial simvastatin doses of 5 mg daily and should not exceed 10 mg limit.
  7. Patients who are under amiodarone medication should not exceed 20 mg of simvastatin daily.
  8. Patients on diltiazem should not exceed 40 mg of simvastatin daily.
  9. According to recent FDA regulations, 80 mg simvastatin can only be given to patients who have been taking simvastatin for over 1 year without developing any side effects.

Simvastatin Dosage Forms

Persons who are taking simvastatin should be aware of the different simvastatin dosage forms. Proper knowledge and awareness of it shall be helpful in the administration and intake of the correct simvastatin dosage levels. The following are the different dosage forms.

  1. Simvastatin 5 mg tablets are buff and oval in shape. They are film-coated and imprinted with MSD 726 on one side with the brand name and 5 on the other side.
  2. 10 mg tablets are peach in color and are also oval. They are also film-coated and imprinted with MSD 735 on one side and plain on the other side.
  3. 20 mg tablets are tan and oval and film-coated. They carry imprints of MSD 740 on one side and plain on the other.
  4. 40 mg tablets are brick red and oval. They have imprints of MSD 749 on one side and plain on the other.
  5. Simvastatin 80 mg dosage tablets are brick red and capsule shaped. They are also film-coated and imprinted with 543 on one side and 80 on the other side.

Incorrect dosages for the corresponding age bracket, and for patients with underlying medical conditions and even for those who are concurrently taking other medicines may result in an overdose of simvastatin.

An overdose on simvastatin may require immediate medical attention. Simvastatin overdose symptoms commonly include nausea, diarrhea, stomach, distress, and indigestion.

Short Simvastatin Memo:

Simvastatin is a medication which falls under the enzyme blocker category. It is used to lower the cholesterol and fat levels in the blood. In usual treatment prescriptions, it is given to persons who have high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. It is also prescribed to persons who are determined to be prone to strokes and heart attacks.