Also known as MK 733, MK-733, Simvastatina, Simvastatine, Simvastatinum, Synvinolin, Zocor

A lipid-lowering agent derived synthetically from a fermentation product of the fungus Aspergillus terreus. Hydrolyzed in vivo to an active metabolite, simvastatin competitively inhibits hepatic hydroxymethyl-glutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, the enzyme which catalyzes the conversion of HMG-CoA to mevalonate, a key step in cholesterol synthesis. This agent lowers plasma cholesterol and lipoprotein levels, and modulates immune responses by suppressing MHC II (major histocompatibility complex II) on interferon gamma-stimulated, antigen-presenting cells such as human vascular endothelial cells. (NCI04)

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Can I take Simvastatin while breastfeeding?

No relevant published information exists on the use of simvastatin during breastfeeding. Because of a concern with disruption of infant lipid metabolism, the consensus is that simvastatin should not be used during breastfeeding.

Drug levels

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in breastfed infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Possible effects on lactation

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Alternate drugs to consider

Colesevelam, Colestipol

References

Last Revision Date

20130907

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Source: LactMed – National Library of Medicine (NLM)

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