Zocor is a medicine used to lower levels of total cholesterol, “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol), and fatty substances called triglycerides in the blood. In addition, Zocor raises levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL cholesterol). Zocor is a member of the class of medicines called statins.
The recommended usual starting dose is 20-40 mg once a day in the evening.
PATIENTS AT HIGH RISK OF CORONARY HEART DISEASE (CHD) OR WITH EXISTING CHD: The usual starting dose of ZOCOR is 40 mg/day given as a single dose in the evening in patients at high risk of CHD (with or without hyperlipidemia), ie., patients with diabetes, history of stroke or other cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vessel disease, or with existing CHD. Drug therapy can be initiated simultaneously with a standard cholesterol-lowering diet and exercise.
PATIENTS WITH HYPERLIPIDEMIA (WHO ARE NOT IN THE RISK CATEGORIES AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED): The patient should be placed on a standard cholesterol-lowering diet before receiving ZOCOR and should continue on this diet during treatment with ZOCOR.
The usual starting dose is 20 mg/day given as a single dose a day in the evening.