Advicor

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Advicor 500/20mg

Niacin/Lovastatin 500/20mg

No generic is available for Advicor 500/20mg.

Advicor 500/20mg

Advicor 500/20mg

Niacin/Lovastatin 500/20mg

  • Manufactured by Abbott Laboratories
  • Product of United States • Shipped from United States
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No generic is available for Advicor 500/20mg.

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Advicor Drug Information

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Advicor Drug Information

  • Advicor Overview

    This combination medication is used along with a proper diet to help lower "bad" cholesterol and fats (such as LDL, triglycerides) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. Niacin is also known as vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid), one of the B vitamins. It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver and by helping the body remove fats from the blood. Lovastatin belongs to a group of drugs known as "statins." It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. Advicor is prescribed after the use of one drug (niacin or lovastatin) has not been fully successful at lowering cholesterol. In addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help Advicor work better include exercising, drinking less alcohol, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking. Consult your doctor for more details. Lowering "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides and raising good cholesterol decreases the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks. Lowering triglycerides in people with very high triglyceride blood levels may also decrease the risk of pancreas disease (pancreatitis).

  • How to Use Advicor

    Take Advicor by mouth with a low-fat snack as directed by your doctor, usually once daily at bedtime. Taking Advicor with food will increase its absorption and help reduce side effects (such as flushing, stomach upset). Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing. To lessen the chance of flushing, avoid alcohol, hot beverages, and spicy foods near the time you take Advicor. Taking a plain aspirin (non-enteric coated, 325 milligrams) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (such as ibuprofen, 200 milligrams) 30 minutes before taking Advicor may help prevent flushing. Ask your doctor if this treatment is right for you (especially if you are also taking a blood thinner such as warfarin). The niacin in Advicor is an extended-release form. Your doctor may instruct you to take the individual extended-release niacin first until you reach the right dose and then switch you over to this combination product. Niacin is also available in other formulations (such as immediate- and sustained-release). Do not switch other strengths, brands, or forms of niacin with Advicor because doing so may cause severe liver problems. The Dosage of Advicor is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using Advicor unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit can increase the amount of Advicor in your bloodstream. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. If you also take certain other drugs to lower your cholesterol (bile acid-binding resins such as cholestyramine or colestipol), take Advicor at least 1 hour before or at least 4 hours after taking these medications. These products can react with Advicor, preventing its full absorption. Take Advicor regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it at the same time each day. If you have not taken Advicor for an extended period (more than 7 days), consult your doctor or pharmacist for instructions on restarting it. You may need to restart your medication at a lower dose and slowly increase the dose over several weeks. It is important to continue taking Advicor even if you feel well. Most people with high cholesterol or triglycerides do not feel sick. It may take up to 4 weeks before you get the full benefit of Advicor.

  • Advicor Precautions

    Before taking Advicor, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to niacin or lovastatin; or if you have any other allergies. Advicor may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Advicor, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,liver disease, kidney disease, alcohol use, stomach/intestinal ulcer, bleeding problems (such as low platelets), low levels of phosphate in the blood, gout. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Advicor may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). Limit alcoholic beverages. Daily use of alcohol may increase your risk for liver problems, especially when combined with Advicor. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position. This is especially important if you are also taking medication to lower your blood pressure. If you have diabetes, Advicor may increase your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Advicor, especially muscle problems. Advicor must not be used during pregnancy. Lovastatin may harm an unborn baby. Therefore, it is important to prevent pregnancy while taking Advicor. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss the use of reliable forms of birth control (such as condoms, birth control pills) while taking Advicor. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away. Advicor passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Breast-feeding while using Advicor is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

  • Advicor Misdose

    If you miss a dose of Advicor, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

  • Advicor Interactions

    See also How to Use section. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval."blood thinners" (such as warfarin), gemfibrozil, vitamin or dietary products that contain niacin or nicotinamide. Other medications can affect the removal of lovastatin from your body, which may affect how lovastatin works. Examples include certain azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole), cobicistat, colchicine, cyclosporine, delavirdine, macrolide antibiotics (such as clarithromycin, erythromycin), nefazodone, HIV protease inhibitors (such as lopinavir, ritonavir), hepatitis C virus protease inhibitors (such as boceprevir, telaprevir), telithromycin, among others. Do not take any red yeast rice products while you are taking niacin/lovastatin since those products may also contain lovastatin. Taking niacin/lovastatin and red yeast rice products together can increase your risk of serious muscle and liver problems. Advicor may interfere with certain laboratory tests (such as urine or blood catecholamines, copper-based urine glucose tests). Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Advicor.

  • Advicor Side Effects

    What are Advicor side effects?

    Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Advicor may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Advicor as a result of an interaction with other medications.

    Side Effects of Advicor

    The side effects of Advicor may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Advicor. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Advicor may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.

    Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Advicor, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Advicor.

    By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Advicor, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Advicor and the side effects associated with Advicor are described in the following:

    Common Advicor Side Effects

    Severe

    • myalgias

    Less Severe

    • Upper Respiratory Infection
    • dyspepsia
    • constipation
    • dizziness
    • skin rash
    • headache disorder
    • nausea
    • heartburn
    • diarrhea
    • Acute Abdominal Pain
    • infection
    • dyspepsia
    • pruritus of skin
    • flushing
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • cough

    Less Frequent Advicor Side Effects

    Severe

    • atrial fibrillation

    Less Severe

    • Sinusitis
    • arthritis
    • arthralgias
    • fatigue
    • palpitations
    • flatulence
    • back pain
    • flu-like symptoms
    • gastritis
    • Eczema
    • hypophosphatemia
    • thrombocytopenic disorder
    • cardiac arrhythmia
    • exacerbation of peptic ulcer
    • dry skin
    • myalgias
    • syncope
    • dizziness
    • abdominal pain with cramps
    • hyperuricemia
    • hyperglycemia

    Rare or Very Rare Advicor Side Effects

    Severe

    • purpura
    • thrombocytopenic disorder
    • myopathy
    • cataracts
    • vasculitis
    • Ophthalmoplegia
    • bronchitis
    • hepatic failure
    • hepatitis
    • obstructive hyperbilirubinemia
    • Pancreatitis
    • urinary tract infection
    • Erythema Multiforme
    • toxic epidermal necrolysis
    • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
    • lupus-like syndrome
    • rhabdomyolysis
    • myositis
    • dyspnea
    • chest pain
    • abnormal hepatic function tests
    • angioedema
    • urticaria
    • Interstitial Lung Disease
    • immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy
    • dermatomyositis
    • Jaundice
    • Anaphylaxis
    • polymyositis
    • hemolytic anemia
    • hepatic necrosis
    • bullous dermatitis
    • polymyalgia rheumatica
    • eosinophilia
    • anemia
    • diabetes mellitus
    • laryngismus
    • drug-induced hepatitis
    • paresthesia
    • edema
    • Jaundice
    • dyspnea
    • abnormal hepatic function tests
    • myopathy
    • Anaphylaxis
    • angioedema
    • urticaria
    • Macular Retinal Edema

    Less Severe

    • symptoms of anxiety
    • libido changes
    • depression
    • peripheral neuropathy
    • blurred vision
    • Rhinitis
    • xerostomia
    • Erectile Dysfunction
    • gynecomastia
    • pruritus of skin
    • alopecia
    • cramps
    • memory impairment
    • insomnia
    • general weakness
    • tremor
    • dysgeusia
    • paresthesia
    • anorexia
    • cough
    • vomiting
    • edema
    • fever
    • flushing
    • skin photosensitivity
    • acute confusion
    • dry skin
    • dyschromia
    • skin nodules
    • hyperglycemia
    • dysuria
    • increased urinary frequency
    • nocturia
    • muscle spasm
    • muscle weakness
    • Facial Palsy
    • vertigo
    • hypesthesia
    • Dysesthesia
    • malaise
    • hypoprothrombinemia
    • orthostatic hypotension
    • migraine
    • muscle weakness
    • insomnia
    • general weakness
    • hyperhidrosis
    • chills
    • skin rash
    • hypotension
    • flatulence
    • eructation
    • nervousness
    • blurred vision
    • dyschromia
    • palpitations
  • Advicor Storage

    Store at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Advicor when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

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