HomeZestrilMy doctor wants to put me on Simvastatin (Zocor)?
Posted in Zestril on 3rd June 2014

My doctor wants to put me on Simvastatin (Zocor)?
I have to admit I have changed me eating habits do to my financial situation and I drive a bus for a living now.

My total cholesterol is 199
triglyceride 72
hdl 35
ldl 150

The doctor pointed out that my ldl is too high and should be below 100
I do take fish oil daily and when I get the opportunity I do exercise, i.e., run or swim. I am already taking 20mg of lisinopril. I am 42, 5’11’ and I weigh about 183. Thank you in advance.

Best answer(s):

Answer by Murzy
your DR is correct (and he may be saving your life)
those numbers are too high for someone your age

Answer by Shakera
Yes your LDL is high and your HDL is low. You need to reduce your weight and exercise more. If you have a family history of heart problems, then perhaps you need to consider a statin and niacin.

Answer by AbeLincolnParty
Sounds good, I have a few comments:

Rarely, lisinopril can it self cause high cholesterol levels due to it impairing the flow of bile into the intestine, the condition is called cholestasis, and is due to liver damage not blocked flow from a gall stone.

Adding together drugs with a potential for liver toxicity increases the risk, therefore avoid or limit alcohol and tylenol (acetaminophen). See the drugs@fda website, search Zocor and click on label information to get a listing of side effects and known drug interactions.

If you eat much red meat, then I suggest you broil it in the oven so the fat can drip off.

Hydrogenated vegetable oil is in many processed foods, sometimes they advertise 0% trans fats, but this number reflects low portion size and rounding the numbers to 0. Trans fats go in but they don’t want to leave the body, their discovery in the early 1900’s made nationwide distribution of baked goods like cookies possible. The cookies can stay on the shelf for months because bacteria don’t know what to do with trans fats either.

Answer by kc
Zocor is part of a group of choletserol lowering agents called statin drugs, hence the name Simvastatin. Zocor actually prevents the production of cholesterol, keeping it from building up in the body. It will reduce the amount of LDL and overall cholesterol in your bloodstream, allowing blood to flow normally through the arteries and preventing atherosclerosis. Lisinopril is an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. It is used to treat conditions such as CAD (coronary artery disease). There are no drug-drug interactions between Zocor (Simvastatin) and Zestril (Lisinopril). Your doctor is wise to prescribe Zocor for your cholesterol. Make sure you discuss everything and anything that should be noted about your health and these medications.

Answer by mickey
I take simvastatin for my cholesterol. It has lowered my hdl and ldl and my tota cholesteol.

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