Stronger warnings about an increased risk of myopathy will limit doses of simvastatin (Zocor, etc)

See updated FDA safety information concerning new restrictions and dose limitations for Zocor (simvastatin)

Stronger warnings about an increased risk of myopathy will limit doses of simvastatin (Zocor, etc).

Myopathy risk with simvastatin 80 mg is much higher than with lower doses...and possibly higher than with other statins.

Discourage using simvastatin 80 mg/day. Explain that going from 40 to 80 mg lowers LDL just 6% more but increases myopathy risk 6 times.

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