Simcor Problems

Simcor® (niacin extended-release/simvastatin) is a combination medicine often prescribed to treat unhealthy cholesterol or triglyceride levels. It is used to increase "good" cholesterol and lower "bad" cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Before you start using Simcor, problems associated with the use of statin cholesterol medications should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Rhabdomyolysis (the severe breakdown of muscles) and other serious muscle problems have been reported with Simcor and other statins. You are at greater risk for developing muscle problems, such as rhabdomyolysis, with Simcor if:
  • You have kidney damage
  • You are taking certain medications
  • You drink grapefruit juice or use grapefruit products.
A number of side effects have also been reported with Simcor. Some of the most common problems that have been reported with this medication during clinical studies include flushing (a sudden reddening and warmth of the face, neck, and/or upper chest), back pain, diarrhea, and nausea.
(Click Simcor Side Effects and Simcor Warnings and Precautions to learn about other possible Simcor problems and to find out what other side effects may occur with this medicine.)
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