Zocor 5mg Tablets 30


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Drug Name: simvastatin
Our Price $7.39
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This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

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Zocor 5mg Tablets 30

Zocor 5mg Tablets 30

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Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about ZOCOR. It does not contain all the available information.It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking ZOCOR against the benefits they expect it will have for you.If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What ZOCOR is used for

ZOCOR helps to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.ZOCOR is used in people who have coronary heart disease (CHD) or who are at high risk of CHD (for example, if they have diabetes, a history of stroke, or other blood vessel disease).ZOCOR may be used in these people, regardless of their cholesterol level to:
help prolong life by reducing the risk of a heart attack
reduce the risk of stroke
reduce the need for surgery to increase blood flow to the heart
reduce the need for hospitalisation due to angina.


Everyone has cholesterol and triglycerides in their blood. They are types of blood fat needed by the body for many things, including building cell walls, making bile acids (which help to digest food) and certain hormones. However, too much cholesterol can be a problem.Your body makes cholesterol, but it also comes from food.Normally the body balances the cholesterol it makes with the cholesterol it gets from food. This means if more cholesterol comes from food, less is made by the body. However, if you eat a diet high in fat, your body may not keep this balance and your cholesterol levels rise.High cholesterol is more likely to occur with certain diseases or if you have a family history of high cholesterol.When you have high levels of cholesterol, it may 'stick' to the inside of your blood vessels instead of being carried to the parts of the body where it is needed. Over time, this can form hard areas, called plaque, on the walls of blood vessels, making it more difficult for the blood to flow. This blocking of your blood vessels can lead to coronary heart disease (such as heart attack and angina), and stroke.In people with CHD, ZOCOR may slow down the hardening of blood vessels and reduce the risk of developing new plaques.There are different types of cholesterol, called LDL and HDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is the 'bad' cholesterol that can block your blood vessels. HDL cholesterol, on the other hand, is the 'good' cholesterol that is thought to remove the bad cholesterol from the blood vessels.Triglycerides

Triglycerides are an energy source for the body. However, as with cholesterol, too much triglycerides can be a problem.How ZOCOR works

ZOCOR belongs to a group of medicines known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. In terms of good and bad cholesterol, ZOCOR reduces the bad cholesterol and raises the good cholesterol.ZOCOR does not reduce the cholesterol and triglycerides that come from fat in food.Therefore, when you are taking ZOCOR, you also need to follow a low fat diet and other measures, such as exercise and weight control.In most people, there are no symptoms of high cholesterol or triglycerides. Your doctor can measure your cholesterol and triglycerides with a simple blood test.Safety and effectiveness have been studied in 10-17 year old boys and in girls, who had started their menstrual period at least one year before (see How to take ZOCOR). ZOCOR has not been studied in children under the age of 10 years. For more information, talk to your doctor.Your doctor may have prescribed ZOCOR for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why ZOCOR has been prescribed for you.

ZOCOR is not addictive.

Before you take ZOCOR

When you must not take it

Do not take ZOCOR if:
you have an allergy to ZOCOR or other brands of simvastatin, or to any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet

Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include skin rash, itchiness, shortness of breath, swelling of the tongue or face, or painful joints.
you are pregnant or breast-feeding

Your baby may absorb this medicine in the womb or from breast milk and therefore there is a possibility of harm to the baby.
you have liver disease
you have had muscle pain, tenderness or weakness from other medicines used to treat high cholesterol or triglycerides
the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering
the expiry date on the pack has passed.

If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work.If you are not sure whether you should start taking ZOCOR, talk to your doctor.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor if:
1. you intend to become pregnant or plan to breast feed ZOCOR should not be used during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.
2. you have ever had liver disease

Your doctor will do a blood test to make sure you have no problems with your liver.
3. you have kidney disease or any other medical problems
4. you drink alcohol regularly
5. you have any allergies to any other medicines or any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take any ZOCOR.Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines should not be taken with ZOCOR as they may increase the risk of muscle side effects with ZOCOR. These include:
nefazodone, used to treat depression
protease inhibitors, used to treat HIV infection, including indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir
erythromycin, clarithromycin and fusidic acid antibiotics used to treat infections
ketoconazole and itraconazole, used to treat certain fungal infections

If you are taking any of the above, your doctor may suggest stopping ZOCOR temporarily or permanently.Some medicines and ZOCOR may interfere with each other. Because taking ZOCOR with any of the following drugs can increase the risk of muscle problems (see Side Effects), it is particularly important to tell your doctor if you are taking:
other medicines to lower cholesterol levels, for example, fibric acid derivatives (such as gemfibrozil) or large doses (= 1 g/day) of nicotinic acid (also known as niacin)
warfarin, used to prevent blood clots
cyclosporin, used to suppress the immune system
verapamil, used to treat high blood pressure and angina
diltiazem, used to treat angina
amiodarone, used to treat irregular heart beat

It is also important to tell your doctor if you are taking anticoagulants (drugs that prevent blood clots, such as warfarin) or fenofibrate, another fibric acid derivative. These medicines may be affected by ZOCOR, may affect how well it works, or may increase the risk of side effects with ZOCOR. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines.

Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking ZOCOR.

How to take ZOCOR

How much to take

Take ZOCOR only when prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you need to take each day. This depends on your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and other factors, such as kidney disease.

For adults, the recommended starting dose is 10mg or 20 mg per day, taken in the evening, which may need to be increased up to 80 mg daily to have the best effect.

People with CHD or risk factors for CHD are usually started on 40 mg per day, taken in the evening.

For children (10-17 years old), the recommended usual starting dose is 10 mg a day in the evening. The maximum recommended dose is 40 mg a day.

Swallow ZOCOR with a glass of water.

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

If you do not understand the instructions, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

When to take it

Take ZOCOR once a day in the evening. The liver produces its greatest amount of cholesterol when the body is at rest and when there is no dietary intake. For most people this is at night when asleep. Therefore, ZOCOR is more effective when taken in the evening. A good time would be after your evening meal. However, it does not matter whether you take it before or after food.

Take ZOCOR at about the same time each evening. Taking your tablet(s) at the same time each evening will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take the tablets.

How long to take it

ZOCOR helps lower your cholesterol. It does not cure your condition. Therefore, you must continue to take it as directed by your doctor if you expect to lower your cholesterol and keep it down. You may have to take cholesterol-lowering medicine for the rest of your life. If you stop taking ZOCOR, your cholesterol levels may rise again.

If you forget to take it

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablet(s) as you would normally.

If you are not sure whether to skip the dose, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

If you have trouble remembering to take your tablets, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much ZOCOR. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

While you are using ZOCOR

Things you must do

If you become pregnant while you are taking ZOCOR, stop taking it and contact your doctor immediately.

Have your blood fats checked when your doctor says, to make sure ZOCOR is working.

If you are about to be started on any new medicine tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking ZOCOR.

If you are about to have elective surgery, tell your doctor that you are taking ZOCOR. Your doctor may suggest stopping the tablets a few days before surgery.

Things you must not do

Do not give ZOCOR to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Things to be careful of

Avoid drinking large quantities of alcohol. Drinking large quantities of alcohol may increase your chance of ZOCOR causing liver problems.

Avoid drinking large quantities of grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice contains one or more components that alter the metabolism of some medicines, including ZOCOR. Therefore, drinking very large quantities (over 1 litre) of grapefruit juice each day increases your chance of ZOCOR causing side effects. These include aching muscles, muscle tenderness or weakness, not caused by exercise. However, one glass (250mL) of grapefruit juice each day has not been shown to have any significant effect.

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how ZOCOR affects you. ZOCOR generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. However, as with many other medicines, ZOCOR may cause dizziness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to ZOCOR before you drive a car or operate machinery.

Changes to lifestyle that may help reduce the chance of coronary heart disease

Lowering high cholesterol can help reduce your chances of having coronary heart disease (CHD). However, your chances of having CHD may be increased by several other factors including high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes, excess weight, family history of CHD, being a male and being a woman who has reached menopause.Some self help measures suggested below may help your condition and help reduce your chances of having CHD. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or dietician about these measures and for more information.
Diet - continue the low fat diet recommended by your doctor, dietician or pharmacist.
Weight - your doctor may advise you to lose weight if you are overweight.
Exercise - make exercise a part of your routine - walking is good. Ask your doctor for advice before starting exercise.
Smoking - your doctor may advise you to stop smoking or at least cut down.

Side EffectsTell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking ZOCOR. ZOCOR helps most people with high cholesterol, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
constipation, diarrhoea, wind
stomach upset or pain, feeling sick (nausea)

These are the more common side effects of ZOCOR. For the most part these have been mild and short-lived.Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
aching muscles, muscle tenderness or weakness, not caused by exercise
brown/black coloured urine

On rare occasions, muscle problems can be serious, including muscle breakdown resulting in kidney damage.The risk of muscle problems is greater for patients taking higher doses of ZOCOR. The risk of muscle problems is greater for patients with abnormal kidney function.Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
tingling in the hands or feet
yellowing of the skin and/or eyes, also called jaundice
signs of anaemia, such as tiredness, being short of breath, and looking pale
fever, generally feeling unwell
skin rash, itchiness
pinkish, itchy swellings on the skin, also called hives or nettlerash
painful, swollen joints
bruising more easily than normal
larger breasts than normal in men

These may be serious side effects of ZOCOR. Some of these may be symptoms of an allergic reaction to ZOCOR. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.

Tell your doctor immediately or go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
swelling of the face, lips, mouth, throat or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
shortness of breath

These are serious side effects. If you have them, you may have had a serious allergic reaction to ZOCOR. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. Serious side effects are rare.

Also, tell your doctor if you notice:
hair loss
muscle cramps

These are other side effects that have been reported with ZOCOR.Liver problems can also occur and may be serious. Your doctor will do blood tests to check your liver.Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

After using ZOCOR


Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the blister pack they may not keep well.

Keep ZOCOR in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C. Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep it where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.


If your doctor tells you to stop taking ZOCOR or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.

Product description

What it looks like

ZOCOR comes in five types of tablets:
ZOCOR 5 mg - buff coloured, oval-shaped tablet with "MSD 726" marked on one side
ZOCOR 10 mg - peach coloured, oval-shaped tablet with "MSD 735" marked on one side
ZOCOR 20 mg - tan coloured, oval-shaped tablet with "MSD 740" marked on one side
ZOCOR 40 mg - brick-red coloured, oval-shaped tablet with "MSD 749" marked on one side
ZOCOR 80 mg - brick-red coloured, capsule-shaped tablet with "543" marked on one side and "80" on the other.

A starter pack of ZOCOR contains 5 tablets. A trade pack of ZOCOR contains 30 tablets.Ingredients

Active ingredient:

ZOCOR 5 mg - 5 mg simvastatin per tablet
ZOCOR 10 mg - 10 mg simvastatin per tablet
ZOCOR 20 mg - 20 mg simvastatin per tablet
ZOCOR 40 mg - 40 mg simvastatin per tablet
ZOCOR 80 mg - 80 mg simvastatin per tablet

Inactive ingredients:
butylated hydroxyanisole
ascorbic acid
citric acid monohydrate
starch - pregelatinised maize
magnesium stearate
titanium dioxide
iron oxide yellow CI77492 (5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg and 80 mg tablets)
iron oxide red CI77491 (10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg and 80 mg tablets).

ZOCOR does not contain gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.Manufacturer/Supplier

ZOCOR is made/supplied in Australia by:Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited
A.B.N. 14 000 173 508
54-68 Ferndell Street

This leaflet was prepared in December 2006.

Australian Register Numbers:

ZOCOR 5 mg - AUST R 39917
ZOCOR 10 mg - AUST R 65976
ZOCOR 20 mg - AUST R 65975
ZOCOR 40 mg - AUST R 58864
ZOCOR 80 mg - AUST R 65977


® Registered Trademark of Merck & Co., Inc. Whitehouse Station, N.J., U.S.A.

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