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Simvastatin vs Lovastatin, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 64

This is personalized comparison of Simvastatin vs Lovastatin for a female aged 64. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

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On Jan, 24, 2014: 12,215 people are studied in Simvastatin vs Lovastatin

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Female59lower cholesterol

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Simvastatin simvastatinnot specified
Lovastatin lovastatinSandoz

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 59 (±5):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)

SimvastatinLovastatin (Sandoz)
Hair Loss1.45%1.53%

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
SimvastatinLovastatin (Sandoz)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Dizziness
Chest PainDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Headache (pain in head)
PainDepression
DizzinessArthralgia (joint pain)
Asthenia (weakness)Chest Pain
Arthralgia (joint pain)Drug Ineffective
Headache (pain in head)Blood Glucose Increased

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
SimvastatinLovastatin (Sandoz)
Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)Myalgia (muscle pain)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Ageusia (loss of taste functions of the tongue)
Pain In ExtremityAnosmia
Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
Muscular Weakness (muscle weakness)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Autoimmune HepatitisAnxiety
AsthmaCardiac Failure Congestive
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Impaired Work Ability
Memory ImpairmentPain In Extremity
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Coronary Artery Disease (plaque building up along the inner walls of the arteries of the heart, which narrows the arteries and restricts blood flow to the heart)

For people in general (regardless of gender or age):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)

SimvastatinLovastatin (Sandoz)
Hair Loss1.41%1.46%

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
SimvastatinLovastatin (Sandoz)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Dizziness
Chest PainDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Headache (pain in head)
PainDepression
DizzinessChest Pain
Asthenia (weakness)Arthralgia (joint pain)
Arthralgia (joint pain)Drug Ineffective
Headache (pain in head)Blood Glucose Increased

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
SimvastatinLovastatin (Sandoz)
Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)Myalgia (muscle pain)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Ageusia (loss of taste functions of the tongue)
Pain In ExtremityMyocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)
Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Muscular Weakness (muscle weakness)Anxiety
Autoimmune HepatitisBurning Sensation
AsthmaAnosmia
Memory ImpairmentCardiac Failure Congestive
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Tendonitis (a condition that causes pain and swelling of tendons)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Elevated Liver Enzymes (high liver enzymes)

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Related topic: Lovastatin, lower cholesterol, Simvastatin

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On eHealthMe, Simvastatin (simvastatin) is often used to treat high blood pressure. Lovastatin (lovastatin) is often used to treat high blood cholesterol. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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