Advicor Niacin/Lovastatin and/or alternatives

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Advicor 500/20mg

Manufacturer: Abbott Laboratories Source Country : United States

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Description of Advicor

Advicor is a drug used for lowering and controlling cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body. Advicor is a combination of two substances- Niacin, which is also known as nicotinic acid, and Lovastatin, which falls under the category of drugs known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, also referred to as “statin” drugs. Lovastatin performs two main functions, reducing low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) and increasing high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol). The generic name of Advicor is lovastatin and niacin.

Indications & Dosage of Advicor

Advicor is indicated for patients with high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It may also be indicated for other purposes.

Advicor is available as tablets in four different strengths- Advicor 20/500mg, Advicor 20/750mg, Advicor 20/1000mg and Advicor 40/1000mg. The administration of the drug should be done keeping in mind the doctor’s prescription. Consuming a higher or lower dose than prescribed can lead to various health issues.

Advicor should be taken at bedtime or in the evening along with a low fat meal. Users should never consume the drug on an empty stomach. The tablet should always be swallowed whole. Crushing or chewing the tablet does not help Advicor function properly.

Alcoholic beverages should not be a part of the user’s diet. Alcohol may worsen certain side effects that Advicor users may experience. Regular blood tests are important to determine the efficiency of the drug. Liver function should also be checked.

Side effects & Interactions of Advicor

People who buy Advicor may experience several side effects. Some side effects are temporary in nature and generally do not do much harm to the body. Some of the minor side effects of Advicor are as follows:

  • Mild skin rashes;
  • Signs and symptoms of cold, like sneezing, sore throat, etc.
  • Redness and warmth in several parts of the body;
  • Stomach problems, diarrhea;
  • Back pain and ache;
  • Headache

Certain other side effects may also be experienced by Advicor users. These side effects may be more severe in nature than the ones mentioned above and often require urgent medical attention. Some of these side effects are as follows:

  • Severe muscle pain and weakness;
  • Fever;
  • Increased fatigue;
  • Changes in urine color and urinating pattern;
  • Weight issues;
  • Swelling in various parts of the body;
  • Nausea;
  • Jaundice;

Before one decides to buy Advicor, he/she should be aware of drug interactions as well. Drug interactions occur when multiple drugs with conflicting characteristics are consumed within the same time period. Substances like warfarin, cimetidine, blood pressure medications, nitroglycerin and other statin drugs may interact with Advicor. It is best to consult a doctor to determine the safety of Advicor use with other prescription and/or non-prescription drugs.

Warnings & Precautions of Advicor

People with allergies to niacin and/or lovastatin should not buy Advicor. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are also advised not to take Advicor. Patients suffering from severe liver disease may also be severely affected by the medication. If one has certain medical conditions like kidney problems, thyroid issues, heart and blood pressure problems, and alcohol addiction, he/she should consult a doctor before taking Advicor.

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