Simvastatin is the generic for Zocor. The only differences between the two medications are:

  1. fillers
  2. price of medication — simvastatin is much cheaper.

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Simvastatin versus Zocor comparison chart
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Functions Reduces cholesterol and high blood pressure associated with heart disease and heart attacks Reduces cholesterol and high blood pressure associated with heart disease and heart attacks
Effect Plasma concentrations peaked at 4 hours Plasma concentrations peaked at 4 hours
Side Effects Minimal side effects: upset stomach, gas, heartburn, change of taste, diarrhea, constipation, skin rash, headache, dizziness or blurred vision that may occur the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication Minimal side effects: upset stomach, gas, heartburn, change of taste, diarrhea, constipation, skin rash, headache, dizziness or blurred vision that may occur the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication
Prescription Required Required
Dosage The recommended usual starting dose is 10 mg once a day in the evening The recommended usual starting dose is 10 mg once a day in the evening
Usage Simvastatin Best when taken at night Zocor is effective alone or when used concomitantly with bile-acid sequestrants
Manufacturer Multiple Manufacturers Available Merck
Pricing Offered at a lower price than the Brand Zocor Cheaper than Lipitor
Oral administration 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, 80 mg 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, 80 mg
Generic Name Generic for Zocor Simvastatin
Legal status Prescription Only (S4) (AU) P (UK) ℞-only (US) Prescription Only
Routes Oral Oral

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