Simvastatin tablets need to be taken in the evening, as the medication works more effectively at night. Take your daily dose with a drink of water. Do not chew the tablet but swallow it whole. You can take Simvastatin with or without food.
If you forget to take a Simvastatin dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time to take the next dose, skip the missed tablet and continue your treatment as usual.
Simvastatin and Grapefruit
Simvastatin and grapefruit are known to interact. Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking Simvastatin. Grapefruit contains components which increase the level of Simvastatin in your blood. This increases your risk of side effects, such as muscle damage.
Simvastatin and alcohol
Alcohol can affect the action of simvastatin, and you should keep your alcohol intake to a minimum whilst you are on simvastatin. You must tell your doctor if you are consuming large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis. Drinking alcohol increases your risk of liver and kidney disease, which means Simvastatin may not be suitable for you.
Can I drive or operate machinery while taking Simvastatin tablets?
You can drive and work with machines during your treatment with Simvastatin. The statin should not have any impact on your ability to concentrate. However, a very small number of patients report feeling dizzy when taking Simvastatin. Speak to your doctor if this happens to you. Do not drive while feeling dizzy.