Treating high cholesterol and high triglycerides, as well as preventing heart or blood vessel disease are the primary uses for Zocor. The drug helps lower total cholesterol, "bad cholesterol," and triglycerides in people who cannot achieve this through lifestyle modifications alone. Zocor is also used to decrease the chances of developing heart disease in people with existing coronary heart disease, diabetes, or peripheral vascular disease.
Zocor® (simvastatin) is a brand-name prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. It is also available in a generic version called Simvastatin tablets. The primary Zocor uses are focused on:
- Treatment of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- Treatment of high triglycerides
- Prevention of heart or blood vessel disease (known as cardiovascular disease).
High Cholesterol or Triglycerides Treatment
Zocor is used for treating high cholesterol in those people who cannot lower cholesterol through lifestyle changes alone. The medication can help in lowering total cholesterol and LDL ("bad cholesterol"), along with increasing HDL ("good cholesterol"). It has also been shown to lower triglyceride levels in the blood.
Prevention of Heart Disease and/or Blood Vessel Disease
Zocor is also used to decrease the chances of developing heart disease in people with existing coronary heart disease, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, other cardiovascular diseases, or a history of stroke. In these groups, the medication has been shown to decrease the chances of:
- Death because of heart disease
- A heart attack
- A stroke
- Needing a heart procedure, such as angioplasty or open heart surgery.
For people with type 2 diabetes and other risk factors for heart disease, Zocor can decrease the chances of a heart attack or stroke.