Side Effects of Zocor

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Zocor; however, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medication well. If people do develop side effects, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or a healthcare professional. Even if side effects do occur, most people do not need to stop their medicine. In previous research studies, up to 1.4 percent of people stopped taking Zocor because of side effects.
The most common side effects thought to be related to the medicine are:
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • A general feeling of weakness (asthenia)
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Flatulence (gas)
  • Nausea
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Muscle pain, known medically as myalgia (see Zocor and Muscle Pain).
Keep in mind that if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness -- especially if accompanied by a fever or you feel ill -- it is important to contact your healthcare provider immediately. This could be a sign of a serious, life-threatening muscle problem.
(Click Zocor Side Effects to learn more, including additional serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

Zocor can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Zocor Drug Interactions for more information).
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