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ZOCOR has been available in the United States since 1992 and ZOCOR has been prescribed for more than 6 million patients worldwide Background A team of doctors and scientists designed a large-scale long-term study to determine whether ZOCOR simvastatin a cholesterol-lowering medicine as an addition to diet could help heart disease patients with high cholesterol live longer and avoid heart attacks The study took about 6 years and involved 4444 patients with coronary heart disease and high cholesterol Clinical trials were concluded in August of 1994 and the results were made public in November of 1994 Results The study revealed that treating these patients with ZOCOR lowered their risk of heart attack and death In statistical terms ZOCOR reduced heart attacks by 34 reduced the need for heart surgery by 37 reduced deaths from heart attack by 42 USES OF ZOCOR ZOCOR is a prescription drug that is indicated as an addition to diet for many patients with high cholesterol when diet and exercise are inadequate For patients with coronary heart disease CHD and high cholesterol ZOCOR is indicated as an addition to diet to reduce the risk of death by reducing coronary death to reduce the risk of heart attack and to reduce the risk for undergoing cardiac procedures coronary artery bypass grafting and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty WHEN ZOCOR SHOULD NOT BE USED Some people should not take ZOCOR Discuss this with your doctor ZOCOR should not be used by patients who are allergic to any of its ingredients In addition to the active ingredient simvastatin each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients cellulose lactose magnesium stearate iron oxides talc titanium dioxide and starch Butylated hydroxyanisole is added as a preservative Patients with liver problems ZOCOR should not be used by patients with active liver disease or repeated blood test results indicating possible liver problems See WARNINGS Women who are or may become
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