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Simcor (Niacin / Simvastatin)
What is Simcor?
Simcor is made up of a combination of two drugs known as Niacin and Simvastatin. Niacin, or more commonly known as nicotinic acid, is a vitamin B. It is found naturally in plants and animals. There are also synthetic niacin tablets, vitamins, and nutritional supplements available that may be added to many foods as a vitamin supplement. Simvastatin, on the other hand, belongs to the family of drugs known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins.
Simvastatin works by reducing levels of "bad" cholesterol LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides in the blood and instead increases levels of "good" cholesterol HDL (high-density lipoprotein). Hence, together with these two substances, Simcor is used along with a proper diet to lower cholesterol in the blood. You can purchase the medicine online at Canada Pharmacy.
Simcor is available in multiple doses such as 500/20 mg tablets, 500/40 mg tablets, 750/20 mg tablets, 1000/20 mg tablets, 1000/40 mg tablets.
A Simcor 500/20 mg tablets contain 500 mg of niacin extended-release (NIASPAN) and 20 mg simvastatin.
Each tablet also contains:
- Stearic acid
- Polyethylene glycol
- Butylated hydroxyanisole
- FD&C Blue #2
- Lactose monohydrate
- Titanium dioxide
SIMCOR 500/20 mg, SIMCOR 750/20 mg, and SIMCOR 1000/20 mg also contain iron oxide.
This medicine needs to be taken through the mouth, usually one pill per day per as prescribed by your health physician. It is recommended to take niacin 500 mg at bedtime along with a low-fat meal. It is not advised to take this drug on an empty stomach. The pill needs to be taken as a whole, do not chew or break or bite as it may lead to serious side effects.
- Avoid alcohol consumption when using Simcor as it may lead to severe liver damage.
- Do not use grapefruit or grapefruit juice when using this drug as it may interact with simvastatin and cause severe side effects.
- Maintain a low-fat diet when using Simcor.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding females should use this medicine as per a doctor’s recommendation.
A few common side effects of Simcor are as mentioned below:
- Back pain
- Flushing of skin
Product Code: 10938
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.