Simvastatin (Zocor®)

By: CPMC Genetic Counseling Staff
Reviewed by: Neda Gharani, PhD, Coriell Institute for Medical Research

Both cholesterol and triglycerides are fats in the blood that are needed by the body. All cells in the body need cholesterol to maintain their membranes. Cholesterol is also used to make steroid hormones and vitamin D. Triglycerides are used by the body for energy. While both cholesterol and triglycerides are needed by the body, having too much cholesterol and/or triglycerides in the blood can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Simvastatin (Zocor®) is a statin drug. Statin drugs are used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and are prescribed to prevent heart attack, stroke or other heart complications in people who have coronary artery disease or diabetes.

How Often is Simvastatin (Zocor®) Prescribed?

In 2010, 94.1 million prescriptions for simvastatin (Zocor®) were written in the United States, making simvastatin (Zocor®) the second most commonly prescribed drug.

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Learn more about simvastatin (Zocor®) and understand your likely response to this drug through the links below.

Uses of Simvastatin (Zocor)

Learn more about Simvastatin [ Learn More › ]

Risk Factors

Both genetic and non-genetic factors affect how your body processes Simvastatin [ Learn More › ]


Reduce Your Risk

Reduce your risk for an undesired response to Simvastatin [ Learn More › ]

The CPMC Study

Learn how the CPMC Study identifies your response to Simvastatin [ Learn More › ]