Zocor is a statin. All major medical organizations suggest considering drugs in the statin family - not just Zocor- to reduce the chance of a first heart attack or stroke in adults at increased risk. FDA officially approved Zocor to reduce the chance of having or dying from a heart attack, having a stroke and having procedures to unblock arteries in heart or legs in people with diabetes and high cholesterol without heart disease or a stroke. FDA also approved Zocor to lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, raise HDL "good" cholesterol, and lower triglycerides in adults and children 10 years and older with abnormal cholesterol levels from a genetic condition.
The American Heart Association suggests people consider a statin if their chance of heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years is more than 5%, and to take one if the chance is 7.5% or more. You can calculate your risk at: http://tinyurl.com/pyv57ne.
Long track record means that new‚ unexpected side effects are unlikely. Zocor was approved by FDA in 1991. Since Zocor has now been used by large numbers of people over a long time‚ the emergence of important side effects is less likely than with new drugs.
Certain anti-fungal medicines (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, or voriconazole), HIV protease inhibitors (such as indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, tipranavir, or atazanavir), certain hepatitis C virus protease inhibitors (such as boceprevir or telaprevir), certain antibiotics (such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, or telithromycin), nefazodone, and medicines containing cobicistat
Including people who have unexplained high liver inflammation blood tests
Zocor may harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant, stop taking Zocor
Do not take: Controlled human studies show Zocor harms baby and potential benefits do not outweigh potential harms (FDA Category X)
Do not breastfeed while taking Zocor - either stop breastfeeding or stop Zocor