Also Known As: Zocor, Simvastatin
Simvastatin (INN) is a hypolipidemic drug used to control elevated cholesterol, or hypercholesterolemia. It is a member of the statin class of pharmaceuticals.
Simvastatin is a synthetic derivate of a fermentation product of Aspergillus terreus. The drug is marketed under the trade name Zocor, as well as generically.
The primary uses of simvastatin is for the treatment of dyslipidemia and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. It is recommended to be used only after other measures such as diet, exercise, and weight reduction have not improved cholesterol levels sufficiently.