What Is Simvastatin Used For?

Eventually in a person’s life, one might be in a conversation with a doctor and while pointing at what looks like a prescription drug, a very simple question will be asked: “What is simvastatin for?” It is understandable since every patient has his or her fears and doubts of what a drug does to his or her body like any other kind of treatment.

To start things off, simvastatin is prescribed for reducing cholesterol and triglycerides which decreases the chance of a heart attack, stroke or the need for a heart surgery.

Simvastatin is a lipid lowering agent that works by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, or 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase, inside the body. What happens next is that the synthesis of cholesterol is put to a halt, as these enzymes are required for it. As an instant result, LDLs, or low density lipoproteins, and VLDLs, or very low density lipoproteins, are prevented from increasing any further within the drug’s duration. Also as an added effect, simvastatin is also proven to reduce the serum levels of both low density and very low density lipoproteins; therefore it helps in the process of low density and very low density lipoprotein catabolism.

To restate the abovementioned facts, what simvastatin is used for is to generally lower the lipid contents in the blood. This means that this drug is obviously used for patients with high serum levels of LDLs and VLDLs. This is still indicated even for people without heart disease, as high levels of these lipids can cause other problems other than a heart attack. As such, it is also indicated for obese people needing help control their fat levels. This medication may be an effective way to help lose weight, but not the most practical due to the dangerous simvastatin side effects. This is definitely not an alternative to that early morning walk in the park and daily workouts.

Other than these, what is simvastatin prescribed for?

  • Simvastatin may also be prescribed to inhibit the progression of atherosclerosis. Many scientists have theorized that this must have been because of the halt of macrophages’ invasion of the plaque due to the drug’s action.
  • Simvastatin can also help in improving the condition of patients suffering from other complications or diseases secondary to a preexisting heart problem.
  • Simvastatin is helpful in patients with stroke because it helps lessen another attack by reducing the risk of embolus formation that may potentially clog the small blood vessels in the brain.
  • Aggravating diseases like diabetes are also lessened by simvastatin.

Everything mentioned here explains what simvastatin is prescribed for and the list may be incomplete.  However, this information is for educational purposes only and not as an instruction to follow. You should take simvastatin only if your doctor prescribes to do so!