Simvastatin is a member of the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor family of drugs that blocks the body’s production of cholesterol. Simvastatin is used to lower high cholesterol and to reduce the risk of heart attack and death.
Common brand names:Zocor
Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods
Types of interactions: Beneficial Adverse Check
Replenish Depleted Nutrients
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Potential Negative Interaction
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