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Cholesterol Management

Simvastatin 12 week repeat prescription service

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Cholesterol Management - Simvastatin

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How can Anytime Doctor help me?

We provide this regulated, specialist service for patients who wish to obtain a 12 week repeat prescription without the need to see a doctor face to face.

High levels of cholesterol lead to fatty deposits that can cause your arteries to narrow (atherosclerosis) and restrict blood flow to the heart. This is what causes cardiovascular disease. Within the UK cardiovascular disease is the single most common cause of death. You can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease with a combination of lifestyle changes and medicines such asstatins. Statins work by blocking an enzyme needed for cholesterol production.

All services provided by Anytime Doctor are safe, fast and confidential (we do not inform your GP). You can obtain treatment within the privacy of your home and without the inconvenience of lengthy doctor waiting rooms.

How does the Anytime Doctor service work?

Step 1:             Register online and complete the free online medical questionnaire consultation. A doctor will review your questionnaire and, if it is safe to do so, approve you for treatment. You do not pay for your doctor consultation.
Step 2: If you are approved for treatment you will be sent a text message asking you to log back into your secure patient record. You can pay for your cholesterol management medicine using a debit or credit card.
Step 3: Order before 4pm Monday to Friday and our partner UK Pharmacy will aim to dispense and despatch your medicine in that day's post using Royal Mail Special Delivery for delivery before 1pm the next working day. Your medicine can be delivered to your work or home address, someone needs to sign for the delivery but it does not have to be you.

Why are no prices shown for Anytime Doctor treatment services?

At Anytime Doctor, we aim to offer you similar pattern of healthcare as if you were to visit your normal GP for a face to face consultation. We believe it is important that you complete a medical consultation and receive a diagnosis by a licensed doctor before you are offered treatment options. Once a doctor has approved you for treatment all prices are clearly displayed. Your registration and medical consultation is free and you are under no obligation to purchase any treatment after your consultation.

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How does this cholesterol management service work?

You can be prescribed a medicine called simvastatin. Simvastatin is a statin and is a prescription-only oral tablet which reduces the production of cholesterol by the liver. Simvastatin is used to lower cholesterol in people who have high levels either due to genetics (familial hypercholesterolaemia) or as a result of diet and lifestyle. This helps to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, angina and heart attacks (coronary heart disease).

What are the potential side-effects (contraindications) of the cholesterol management tablets?

All medication can cause side effects. Your cholesterol management tablets can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or an allergic rash. It can rarely cause muscle cramps. The leaflet accompanying the treatment will list some of the rarer side-effects.

When answering your medical questionnaire for cholesterol management medicine it is very important that you answer the questions truthfully to ensure your doctor has a full picture of your medical history before they prescribe you treatment. It is important to tell your doctor what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor before taking any new medicines while taking this one, to ensure that the combination is safe.

How effective is the cholesterol management medicine?

When combined with a low cholesterol diet, simvastatin is effective at reducing cholesterol levels.

Who should not use this particular cholesterol management service?

You should not request this treatment service if you are allergic to simvastatin, if you suffer from liver disease, liver problems or have a severely decreased kidney function.

This service is not suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Looking after your cholesterol management medicine

This treatment is for YOU only. Do not give it to others. It may not suit them.

Do not take this medicine after the expiry date stamped on the pack.

Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Where can you find out more information?

Anytime Doctor's Health Library - Cholesterol provides a comprehensive resource on all services offered through Anytime Doctor. The Health Library - Cholesterol also contains references and links to reputable organisations such as: NHS Direct (UK), FDA (US Food and Drug Administration), NetDoctor (UK), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), Department of Health (UK) and the Health Protection Agency (UK).

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