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How Do I Choose the Best Simvastatin Alternative?

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There are a number of genetic, dietary, and lifestyle factors that may contribute to an individual developing high cholesterol levels. One type of cholesterol, HDL, is desired in high concentrations; however, its low-density counterpart has negative effects on the body. Many people choose to use pharmacological agents in the statins class to help regulate their cholesterol levels, but there is a simvastatin alternative method of treatment for those who do not wish to choose the typical treatment route. Simvastatin alternatives include specific lifestyle changes and nonmedical supplements.

Hypercholesterolemia, or high cholesterol, is a potentially deadly disease. Although cholesterol is necessary for cellular maintenance and other essential functions, excessively high levels can cause a plethora of cardiovascular issues. Among these issues are hardened arteries known as atherosclerosis, as well as the clotting of blood vessels. These ailments are two of the many that may impede blood flow throughout the body.

If a person is suffering from high cholesterol, it is important that he or she consult a physician. This disease is internal, so the best way to know of any changes in cholesterol levels is to be tested regularly. If the doctor is concerned about the levels of a patient, he or she may choose to manage cholesterol with a medication such as simvastatin. If a patient is not comfortable with the medicated regimen, he or she may choose a simvastatin alternative.

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Simvastatin utilizes a mechanism that inhibits the hormone responsible for generating cholesterol. Alternative measures do not necessarily act on the cellular level. Rather, implementing lifestyle changes can help to manage dangerously high cholesterol.

The most typical simvastatin alternative prescribed by a medical doctor or an alternative medicine professional is regular exercise and diet management. Exercise helps to improve cardiovascular function, counteracting the negative effects of low-density cholesterol. Typically, the minimum exercise duration is 30 minutes, and this should be of a cardiovascular nature rather than strength training. This should be done at a minimum of three times a week to experience any sort of benefit.

Diets high in saturated fats and oils increase cholesterol levels, so it is obvious that regulating such intake along with increasing good food may both work in favor of lowering cholesterol. Eating whole grains and lean meats while minimizing fatty foods are all manners in which diet can act as a simvastatin alternative. Additionally, there has been an increasingly significant amount of research suggesting the benefits of fish oil supplements in lowering cholesterol levels.

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anon996336
Post 4

I'm taking silvastatin but I'm not happy since I started taking it, I've got tingling in my fingers. Could I switch to a different statin with fewer side effects?

ZipLine
Post 3

@donasmrs-- There are alternatives, but simvastatin is probably the best one out there. It's the most commonly prescribed, that's for sure.

fBoyle
Post 2

@donasmrs-- There are a lot of statins out there aside from simvastatin like lovastatin, pravastatin and atorvastatin. They're all a little different though.

For example, atorvastatin is more potent than simvastatin and is better for people who have higher cholesterol. Lovastatin is not as effective as simvastatin, but at the same time has less side effects.

Unfortunately, I think that muscle pain is listed as a side effect of all of these statins though. So you may still have muscle pain after you switch to a different one.

It's a very tough call to decide on a cholesterol medication because of the side effects. You're probably going to have some kind of side effect from all, so you might have to go with the one that's most effective.

donasmrs
Post 1

I'm not happy on simvastatin. It has reduced my cholesterol but I have been experiencing a lot of side effects. I have severe muscle pain and weight gain. I just feel tired and miserable since I've been put on this medication. I want to switch to a different statin. Which is the best with the least side effects?

If I ask my doctor, he says that they're all great, so I don't trust him. I'd rather do my own research.

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