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In the US, Simvastatin (simvastatin systemic) is a member of the drug class statins and is used to treat Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, High Cholesterol, High Cholesterol - Familial Heterozygous, High Cholesterol - Familial Homozygous, Hyperlipoproteinemia, Hyperlipoproteinemia Type IIa - Elevated LDL, Hyperlipoproteinemia Type IIb - Elevated LDL VLDL, Hyperlipoproteinemia Type III - Elevated beta-VLDL IDL and Hyperlipoproteinemia Type IV - Elevated VLDL.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Category

Lipidemic agent: HMG CoA reductase inhibitor (statin)

Chemical Name

Butanoic acid, 2,2-dimetyl-, 1,2,3,7,8,8a-hexahydro-3,7-dimetyl-8-[2-(tetrahydro-4-hydroxy-6-oxo-2H-pyran-2-yl)-etyl]-1-naphtalenyl ester

Foreign Names

Generic Names

  • Simvastatin (OS: USAN, BAN, JAN)
  • Simvastatina (OS: DCIT)
  • Simvastatine (OS: DCF)
  • MK 733 (IS)
  • Synvinolin (IS)
  • Simvastatin (PH: BP 2015, JP XVI, Ph. Eur. 8, USP 37)
  • Simvastatine (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Simvastatinum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names

International Drug Name Search


BANBritish Approved Name
DCFDénomination Commune Française
DCITDenominazione Comune Italiana
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name

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