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Author Topic: Question for Gerry...  (Read 1581 times)

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Offline J.R.E.

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Question for Gerry...
« on: January 03, 2007, 08:15:35 AM »
Hello Gerry,

I have been on again/ off again, with Zocor for quite a while. Because of the increase to a 50.00/ month price tag, I switched to Generic Simvastatin 20mgs. ( at 7.00 /month)

Is this bassically the same stuff as the Zocor ? I imagine this should be alright to take with my Viramune, Viread and Epzicom. Any advice...


Thanks ----Ray
« Last Edit: January 03, 2007, 08:29:52 AM by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline gerry

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Re: Question for Gerry...
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2007, 10:43:19 AM »
Hi Ray,

Yes, the generic simvastatin is the same as Zocor.  In addition to Zocor, Pravachol, another statin, went generic this year as well (the generic name is pravastatin).  I imagine that most insurance carriers would use generic simvastatin as their preferred statin.

This is ok with your regimen but not for those who are taking certain PIs.  In the latter situation, generic pravastatin would be a reasonable alternative (though not as potent).

Gerry

Offline Tucsonwoody

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Re: Question for Gerry...
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2007, 10:56:16 AM »
FYI -

If you have a Sam's Club, Walmart or Target in your area - they carry these  a couple of these new generics on their $4.00 medication list for a 30 day supply.  Sometimes that price is even better then the co-pay.

Full list of medications available here:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=546834&fromPageCatId=5431

Also - for some reason, my brothers doctor wouldn't let him switch from Lipitor to one of the generics because he said different medications, while improving the amount of cholesterol do it in different ways - some raise good levels, others lower bad levels and some lower overall levels.

Kevin
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I could see the lightning; somewhere in the east
And I wished for affection, and I wished for calm
As I lay there - Nervous in the light of dawn

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Question for Gerry...
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2007, 07:13:30 PM »
Gerry,

Thanks for the info. I knew there was a discussion on the old forums about this, but I couldn't find it.

kevin thanks for that info . I do go to Sams, once a month, but right now I like to keep everything all together at Walgreens. And the Simvastatin, is currently the only drug the I am receiving that is generic. Perhaps somewhere down the road, Where more generics are added ( or can be added) that could be an option, to save some dollars.



Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline Jody

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Re: Question for Gerry...
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2007, 09:55:21 PM »
Hi Ray...I believe my doctor once mentioned that Zocor should not be taken with Viramune, that Lipitor would be better...My cholesterol has gone down a bit so I have never taken a medication for it but just some food for thought.

Jody
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Question for Gerry...
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2007, 08:19:23 AM »
Hello Jody,

Thanks for that !! And the thing is, my doctor feels that Zocor is not a problem, as long as liver function tests are within range. My next appointment is on January 11, so perhaps it's time to go over things again. I know that Zocor, should not be taken with Rescriptor ---The other non-nuke). I will be very curious as to the cholesterol levels on my next blood test.


Thanks Jody-------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline J.R.E.

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  • Joined Dec-2003 Living positive, since 1985.
Re: Question for Gerry...
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2007, 08:22:17 AM »
Peter,

By the way, If you happen to see this.... Zocor comes up as being mispelled on the spellcheck.


Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

 


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