Review: could Simvastatin cause Muscle Weakness?


Muscle weakness is found among people who take Simvastatin, especially for people who are male, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take medication Aspirin, and have Blood cholesterol increased . We study 93,793 people who have side effects while taking Simvastatin from FDA and social media. Among them, 5,106 have Muscle weakness. Find out below who they are, when they have Muscle weakness and more.

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Simvastatin has active ingredients of simvastatin. It is often used in high blood cholesterol. (latest outcomes from Simvastatin 98,710 users)

Muscle Weakness

Muscle weakness (a lack of muscle strength) has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, rashes, diarrhea, insomnia, fatigue (latest reports from 211,923 Muscle weakness patients).

On Aug, 26, 2016

93,793 people reported to have side effects when taking Simvastatin.
Among them, 5,106 people (5.44%) have Muscle Weakness

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Simvastatin cause Muscle weakness?

Time on Simvastatin when people have Muscle Weakness *:

  • < 1 month: 18.36 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 20.91 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 10.86 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 10.05 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 22.79 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 10.46 %
  • 10+ years: 6.57 %

Gender of people who have Muscle Weakness when taking Simvastatin *:

  • female: 48.88 %
  • male: 51.12 %

Age of people who have Muscle Weakness when taking Simvastatin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.05 %
  • 20-29: 0.57 %
  • 30-39: 1.38 %
  • 40-49: 6.08 %
  • 50-59: 20.28 %
  • 60+: 71.65 %

Severity if Muscle Weakness when taking Simvastatin **:

  • least: 4.84 %
  • moderate: 54.84 %
  • severe: 33.87 %
  • most severe: 6.45 %

How people recovered from Muscle Weakness **:

  • while on drug: 0.0 %
  • after off the drug: 0.0 %
  • not yet: 100 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Blood Cholesterol Increased (604 people)
  • Hypertension (596 people)
  • Hypercholesterolaemia (337 people)
  • Hyperlipidaemia (246 people)
  • Osteoporosis (233 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Aspirin (1,191 people)
  • Lisinopril (814 people)
  • Omeprazole (633 people)
  • Furosemide (589 people)
  • Atenolol (414 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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