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LDL is the type of cholesterol that can lead to complications. Simvastatin works to inhibit the action of an enzyme known as MMG-CoA, which controls the production of cholesterol in the liver. As well as lowering production, Simvastatin helps with the absorption of LDL in the liver, which means that a lower quantity of cholesterol is able to sit in the arteries.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is another type of cholesterol that is not damaging to the body; in fact it is crucial to the production of certain hormones. Simvastatin helps to increase its levels.
It is available to buy from 121doc in four doses: 10mg, 20mg, 40mg and 80mg. The dose you are prescribed will depend on the severity of your condition, although patients usually begin the treatment by taking a lower dosage. The medication should be used in conjunction with lifestyle changes, which include lowering the amount of saturated fat in your diet and increasing your exercise. The most effective way to use it is taking one dose in the evening before you go to bed, as that is when the body usually produces the most cholesterol.
It is often prescribed to people who present high levels of LDL that cannot be lowered through lifestyle changes alone. It is also prescribed to patients who are at risk of cardiovascular disease due to hypertension or diabetes.
Some people may not be able to safely take Simvastatin, which is why it is important to mention any existing medical conditions or current medication to your doctor during a consultation. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding will not be able to take it and other people for whom it may not be suitable are those who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, kidney or liver problems.
People taking Simvastatin are at risk of experiencing some side effects. However, the symptoms are usually mild and temporary and can include muscle pain, nausea, headaches or cold-like symptoms. If you experience more serious side effects for prolonged periods of time you should consult your doctor as there may be a different form of medication that is more appropriate for you.
Yes, it is available to buy online from 121doc. As this is a prescription medication, you will need to complete a free online consultation that will allow a medical professional to ensure the medication is safe and effective for you to use. Once you have been issued a prescription, we will dispatch your medication using a free overnight delivery service so that it reaches you the next day.
For more information about the treatments and symptoms of high cholesterol, visit the high cholesterol treatment page.
Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.
All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.
Select a condition here or use the top menu. For every condition, we provide you with information as well as the treatments we currently offer. If you don’t know which is best for you, just click the 'Advise-me' button.
If you know what you want, the quickest way to find a specific medication is to use the search bar here.
Every order starts with an online consultation. We will ask you medical questions to make sure only treatment that is safe and effective is prescribed. We take into account your lifestyle, health and any other medications you’re currently using.
The consultation is completely free, and takes between 5 and 10 minutes of your time.
All your information is safe with us. We don’t share it with anyone unless you want us to.
If you need any guidance, you can call, message or email our customer service team via the ‘How can we help you?' section here.
As soon as you place the order, one of our doctors will review your consultation. On working days, this usually takes around one hour.
If the doctor has any additional questions, you will receive a phone call and an email. We understand you might be at work or busy. Our customer service representatives are always discreet and can call back at a more convenient time if necessary.
Our emails never contain any personal or medical information, only a link to your private account on our website (where you will find your messages).
Once our pharmacy receives your prescription, you will get a second email with your package tracking code.
All orders include next-day delivery. Alternatively, you can select a delivery date that suits you better.
We also provide a free UPS Access Point service. Pick up your package from one of many collection points across the UK.
With your tracking code, you will know the estimated delivery time. All we need is your signature (or a friend‘s or relative’s).
All parcels are plainly labelled; there is no logo or any indication of its contents. Inside, you will find your treatment as well as a patient leaflet in your chosen language.
With 121doc’s Subscribe & Save service, you can automatically receive your treatment every few weeks or months.
The order will be generated by us, using the information you provided (including delivery frequency). You don’t have to do anything. Payment is taken two days before shipping.
There are two ways to subscribe. The first is during the order process. The second is via your profile here.
You can cancel or amend your repeat prescriptions at any time.
There are no sign-up fees with this service. Plus, you get a 10% discount off all future prescriptions, increasing to 15% after six orders!
...or visit your profile to view your orders and contact us.