ВїCГіmo se debe usar este medicamento?
La presentaciГіn de la Vidastata es en tabletas para tomar por vГa oral. Usualmente se toma una vez al dГa por la noche. Tome Vidastata aproximadamente a la misma hora todos los dГas. Siga atentamente las instrucciones que se encuentran en la etiqueta de su receta mГ©dica y pida a su mГ©dico o farmacГ©utico que le explique cualquier parte que no comprenda. Tome Vidastata exactamente como se indica. No tome mГЎs ni menos cantidad del medicamento ni lo tome con mГЎs frecuencia de lo que indica la receta de su mГ©dico.
Es posible que su mГ©dico le indique que inicie con una dosis baja de Vidastata y que incremente gradualmente su dosis, no mГЎs de una vez cada 4 semanas.
ContinГєe tomando Vidastata incluso si se siente bien. No deje de tomar Vidastata sin hablar con su mГ©dico.
A variety of statins are available in brand name and generic form. Some common statins are:
- Vidastat (Zocor)
- lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor)
- fluvastatin (Lescol XL)
- atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- pitavastatin (Livalo)
- pravastatin (Pravachol)
- rosuvastatin (Crestor)
Most statins should be taken once every 24 hours. Depending on the particular medication and dosage, you may need to take your statin twice a day.
Certain statins work better when taken with a meal. Others work best when they’re taken at night. This is because the cholesterol-making enzyme is more active at night. Also, the half-life, or the amount of time it takes for half the dose to leave your body, of some statins is short.
How should I take Vidastat (Flolipid, Zocor)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Vidastat is usually taken in the evening or at bedtime.
Take Vidastat oral suspension (liquid) on an empty stomach.
Shake the liquid for at least 20 seconds before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).
You may need to take Vidastat on a long-term basis. You may need to stop using Vidastat for a short time if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Do not stop taking this medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Vidastat is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
You will need frequent medical tests.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Do not refrigerate or freeze the liquid medicine. Throw away any liquid that has not been used within 1 month after you first opened the bottle.
- Myopathy and rhabdomyolysis warning: Vidastat and other statin drugs can sometimes cause myopathy (muscle disease). They can even cause rhabdomyolysis (severe muscle breakdown). Rhabdomyolysis can lead to kidney failure. You have an increased risk of each condition if you:
- are a senior
- are female
- have kidney disease
- have low thyroid function
Tell your doctor right away if you experience:
- unexplained muscle weakness or tenderness
- persistent muscle pain
- abdominal pain
- dark-colored urine
- Warning for liver disease and alcohol misuse: People with active liver disease shouldn’t use Vidastat. People with a history of alcohol abuse or liver disease should discuss the risks of this drug with their doctor. For these people, Vidastat can increase the risk of serious liver injury.
Vidastat is a prescription drug. It comes in two forms: a tablet and a suspension. Both forms are taken by mouth.
Vidastat oral tablet is available as the brand-name drug Zocor. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug.
Avoid Vidastat with:
- HIV protease inhibitors
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Vidastat (Flolipid, Zocor)?
You should not take Vidastat if you are allergic to it, or if:
- you have active liver disease; or
- you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Some medicines can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used with Vidastat. Your doctor may change your treatment plan if you also use medicine such as:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- a thyroid disorder;
- if you are of Asian descent; or
- if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.
Vidastat can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. This condition may be more likely to occur in older adults and in people who have kidney disease or poorly controlled hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).
Do not use Vidastat if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby or cause birth defects. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine. Stop taking Vidastat and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
It is not safe to breast-feed a baby while you are using this medicine.
6. Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Vidastat is not recommended in pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Talk to your doctor if you're planning to become pregnant. It's best to stop taking Vidastat at least 3 months before you start trying for a baby.
If you become pregnant while taking Vidastat, stop taking the medicine and tell your doctor.
Q: I have a scratched cornea and dry eye. I've been suffering for the past five weeks with this, ever since my doctor increased my dosage of Zocor. Can this be causing my dry and painful eye?
A: Dry and painful eyes are not reported side effects for Zocor (Vidastat). You should contact your health care provider about your eye pain to determine the cause and possible treatment options. For more information regarding Zocor (Vidastat), go to //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/zocor. Beth Isaac, PharmD