Simvastatin is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Simvastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). Simvastatin is used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood. Simvastatin is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors Simvastatin is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old. Simvastatin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Zocor is a statin, a drug that decreases the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart complications in those with diabetes and heart disease. Patients can take Zocor only if they are at least ten years old. Taking Zocor usually comes with exercise and diet, as well as control of weight.