does zocor have any benefits other than correcting cholesterol?

by keith shirley
(hemet, ca)

My father had a stroke and his gp has prescribed zocor because he says it conditions the inside of the vessels cementing the stuff that is there to stay.

He is also on plavix. As soon as he started the plavix and zocor he has lost control of his rectum and is experiencing cramping in the rectum area.

He has also lost control of his urine.


Hello dear Keith,

Zocor ( simvastatin) is a drug belonging to a group of drugs called “statins”, which are shown to be potent cholesterol and triglyceride lowering drugs.

It is used to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other complications in people suffering from heart diseases, diabetes, coronary heart diseases etc.

They have numerous side effects, some of which may be life-threatening.
Some of the classic side effects of Zocor are heartburn, gas, bloating, stomach pain, indigestion, joint pain, muscle pain, skin rash, insomnia, cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sore throat or sneezing.

Zocor can cause rhabdomyolysis which is a state of muscle breakdown that can lead to kidney failure.

Zocor must not be used simultaneously with drugs such as cyclosporine, danzanol, gemfribrozil, antibiotics (clarithromycin, erythromycin), antifungeal medications (itraconasole, Ketoconazole, hepatitis B
medications (telaprevir, boceprevir), HIV/AIDS medications (indinavir, ritonavir) etc.

Despite the numerous side effects, if the doctor prescribes this drug this means that the benefits exceed the side effects.

Plavix(clopidogrel) is a drug belonging to a group of drugs called anticoagulants: they prevent the platelets of the blood from sticking together and forming a blood clot.

Plavix is used to prevent blood clot after a stroke, heart attack, and in people with certain heart and vessel problems.

Some of the most common side effects of Plavix are increased bleeding, nosebleed, bruising, headache, itching.
The medications that should not be used simultaneously with Plavix are esmoprasole, omeprazole, Nexium, Prilosec.

Even though there is no contraindication to using Plavix and Zocor at the same time, and that bowel and urine incontinence are not among the most common side effects of Zocor and Plavix, this does not imply that your father’s issues are not because of the use of this meds.

Side effects of drugs can be quite personal. My suggestion is to talk to your doctor as soon as possible regarding this issue. He will come up with an alternative plan that does not include the use of Zocor or Plavix.

Hope it helped.

Dr. Albana

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