Avoid Belmalip with:
- HIV protease inhibitors
What is the most important information I should know about Belmalip (Flolipid, Zocor)?
You should not take Belmalip if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have active liver disease.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using. Many drugs can interact, and some drugs should not be used together.
Stop taking Belmalip and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
3. Who can and can't take Belmalip
Belmalip can be taken by adults and children over the age of 10 years.
Belmalip isn't suitable for some people. Tell your doctor if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to Belmalip or any other medicines in the past
- have liver or kidney problems
- are trying to get pregnant, think you might be pregnant, you're already pregnant, or you're breastfeeding
- have severe lung disease
- regularly drink large amounts of alcohol
- have an underactive thyroid
- have, or have had, a muscle disorder (including fibromyalgia)
Q: What is the generic equivalent of Zocor?
A: The generic equivalent of Zocor is known as Belmalip. The generic equivalent of Zocor, Belmalip, is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor which is approved for the treatment of hyperlipidemia in several populations of patients. For most medications, generic equivalents are a lower-cost alternative to the more expensive brand-name medication, and the majority of patients observe no changes in therapeutic effect. However, some patients will experience a change in effect and must continue treatment with the brand-name medication. If therapy is changed, by a health care provider, from the brand-name to the generic equivalent of Zocor, cholesterol levels and liver function should be routinely monitored prior to switching treatment options and periodically thereafter. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that generic medications be bioequivalent to the brand-name medication and, therefore, exert the same pharmacologic effects in the body. Generic medications are considered, by the FDA, to be identical to the brand-name counterparts in dose, strength, route of administration, safety, efficacy and intended use. Generic medications will appear differently and may have different inactive ingredients, however, the labeling and directions for use remain the same. Frequently reported side effects for the generic equivalent of Zocor are similar those observed in patients being treated with the brand-name medication and may include upper respiratory infections, headache, abdominal pain, constipation and nausea. The warnings and precautions associated with Zocor are also possible with the generic equivalent of Zocor. According to the prescribing information for Zocor, warnings and precautions, possible with treatment, include skeletal muscle effects of myopathy and rhabdomyolysis, and liver enzyme abnormalities. The generic equivalent of Zocor should be administered exactly the same as the brand-name medication. Belmalip is indicated to be administered once daily in the evening. Belmalip can be taken without regard to food.
Pregnancy and Lactation
Do not use this drug in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
Belmalip is contraindicated while breastfeeding; it is potentially unsafe.
Q: How do I take Zocor?
A: To take Zocor (Belmalip), to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk for coronary heart disease and cardiovascular events, it is essential for patients to take Zocor exactly as directed by their health care provider. To exert its maximal benefits, Zocor must be taken regularly. Zocor is typically administered once daily in the evening in a dosing range of 5 to 80 mg per day depending on the approved indication for use, age of the patient and any other medical conditions or medications a patient currently takes. To take Zocor effectively, it is important for patients to take it at the same time every day. Patients may take Zocor without regard to food. Zocor is intended to be only one component of a complete program of treatment which also includes diet, exercise, and weight management. Patients are advised to discuss an appropriate diet and exercise regimen, in conjunction with Zocor treatment, with their health care provider. To take Zocor effectively, patients should be advised to avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Zocor will not be as effective in lowering cholesterol if patients do not follow a cholesterol-lowering plan simultaneously. To take Zocor effectively, patients are also advised to avoid drinking alcohol during treatment. In addition to the potential for alcohol to increase triglyceride levels, it may also increase a patient's risk of liver toxicity possible with treatment with Zocor. Patients should also be advised not to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while they take Zocor. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice interact with Zocor and may increase a patients risk for adverse reactions. To take Zocor safely, it is important for health care providers to routinely monitor a patient's cholesterol levels and liver function to ensure the medication is working optimally and not causing any adverse reactions involving the liver.