In previous research studies, people taking Zocor 20 mg were able to decrease LDL cholesterol by an average of 38 percent, total cholesterol by 28 percent, and triglycerides by 19 percent -- as well as increase HDL by 8 percent. The effects of the drug were even greater for Zocor 40 mg and Zocor 80 mg.
Some general considerations for when and how to take Zocor include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form; it is taken once a day. You should take your dose with a glass of water, though you may take it with or without food.
- Your Zocor dosage should be taken in the evening.
- For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Zocor will not work if you stop taking it.
It is not recommended that you drink grapefruit juice while taking Zocor, because grapefruit juice can increase the levels of the medication in the blood -- which increases the risk of developing serious muscle problems. If you are being treated with Zocor and want to continue drinking grapefruit juice, talk with your healthcare provider about other cholesterol-lowering medications you can take.
(Click Grapefruit Juice and Zocor for more information.)
As with any cholesterol medication, you should continue to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet as part of your cholesterol-lowering treatment program.
The dose of Zocor your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Zocor Dosage for more information.)