Zocor, also sold generically as simvastatin, is a medication that is used to lower a patient’s LDL cholesterol level. Physicians also prescribe the drug to decrease the risk of strokes, heart attacks and death.
Zocor was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. The drug’s popularity has only grown since its approval. Over two million people were prescribed Zocor or its generic version in 2010.
Zocor belongs to a class of medications called statins. Statins work by slowing down the production of cholesterol in the body, so that cholesterol can’t accumulate in the walls of the arteries and block blood flow to the heart, brain and other parts of the body.