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Flolipid

Generic Name: simvastatin (SIM va sta tin)
Brand Name: Flolipid, Zocor

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Oct 15, 2018 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is Flolipid?

Flolipid is used to lower blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides, and increase levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).

Flolipid is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors.

Flolipid is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old.

Flolipid may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not take Flolipid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have active liver disease.

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using. Many drugs can interact, and some drugs should not be used together.

Stop taking Flolipid and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

Before taking this medicine

You should not take Flolipid if you are allergic to it, or if:

  • you have active liver disease; or

  • you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Some medicines can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used with Flolipid. Your doctor may change your treatment plan if you also use medicine such as:

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • liver disease;

  • kidney disease;

  • diabetes;

  • a thyroid disorder;

  • if you are of Asian descent; or

  • if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.

Flolipid can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. This condition may be more likely to occur in older adults and in people who have kidney disease or poorly controlled hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).

Do not use Flolipid if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby or cause birth defects. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using Flolipid. Stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

It is not safe to breast-feed a baby while you are using this medicine.

How should I take Flolipid?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Flolipid is usually taken in the evening or at bedtime.

Take Flolipid oral suspension (liquid) on an empty stomach.

Shake the liquid for at least 20 seconds before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

You may need to take Flolipid on a long-term basis. You may need to stop using this medicine for a short time if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Do not stop taking this medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

Flolipid is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

You will need frequent medical tests.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Do not refrigerate or freeze the liquid medicine. Throw away any liquid that has not been used within 1 month after you first opened the bottle.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Flolipid?

Grapefruit may interact with Flolipid and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products.

Avoid eating foods high in fat or cholesterol, or Flolipid will not be as effective.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.

Flolipid side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, Flolipid can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

Also call your doctor at once if you have:

  • liver problems--loss of appetite, stomach pain (upper right side), tiredness, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Flolipid?

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

This list is not complete and many other drugs may affect Flolipid. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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