|Chemical name: Simvastatin
Brand name: Zocor
Typical dosage: 20mg
Typical type: Tablet1
Simvastatin is a medication commonly used to treat high cholesterol. It is available as a brand name drug and as a generic oral tablet.
Simvastatin is a medication commonly used to treat high cholesterol. It is usually given as a generic medication, but the brand name equivalent (Zocor) is also available.
Simvastatin is typically taken once daily, and the dose may depend on the extent of your high cholesterol.
The most common side effects of Simvastatin include muscle pain, headache, upset stomach, constipation and signs of a common cold.
Yes! 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Simvastatin.1
Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Simvastatin.
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Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in.
|Deductible stage||Typical copay stage|
|Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.
In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.
Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $415 in 2019.
|After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.
During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
|Free – $9||Free – $9|
Simvastatin is best taken in the evening. Try your best not to miss your doses.
You may not be able to feel the effects of Simvastatin working. Simvastatin benefits you by preventing heart attack and stroke, even if you don’t feel different. Do not stop taking Simvastatin without first talking to your doctor about it.
Muscle and joint pains can be a common side effect of this medication. However, if you experience severe muscle pains, let your doctor know. It may mean that you started on too high of a dose, or that you may need to try another medication.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.
Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.
Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.