Advicor

(lovastatin / niacin)

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Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides.

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Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) is a cholesterol lowering agent, but it contains niacin which can cause flushing and itching.

Quick facts about Advicor
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats), and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • If you need to take a statin and niacin, Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) can reduce the amount of pills you have to take daily.

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Downsides

  • Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) contains a statin that can cause many issues including digestive problems, blood sugar problems, and kidney or liver damage.
  • While taking Advicor (lovastatin / niacin), eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can raise the risk of liver damage.
  • Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) contains niacin, which can cause flushing, stomach pain or discomfort.
  • You should take Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) before bedtime with a low-fat snack.

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How it works

Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) is a combination of lovastatin and niacin, which both lower cholesterol and triglycerides. These are fats that can accumulate in your blood and tissues, causing heart and artery disease, which increase the risk of death.

Quick facts about Advicor
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Primary hypercholesterolemia/mixed dyslipidemia

Dosage forms

  • Extended release
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What to expect when you take Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) for Primary hypercholesterolemia/mixed dyslipidemia

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Side effect rates for Advicor (lovastatin / niacin)

  • Flushing
  • Infection
  • Headache
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Itchy skin
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Back pain

Risks and Warnings for Advicor (lovastatin / niacin)

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  • People taking Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) may experience muscle pain, which can lead to muscle and kidney damage. This is more likely to happen if you're older and taking higher doses of Advicor (lovastatin / niacin). If you suddenly feel muscle pain, weakness, or dark-colored urine, and you haven't been exercising, stop taking Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) and talk to your doctor right away.

Common concerns from people taking Advicor (lovastatin / niacin)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) contains a statin that can cause many issues including digestive problems, blood sugar problems, and kidney or liver damage.
Pain
  • Advicor (lovastatin / niacin) contains niacin, which can cause flushing, stomach pain or discomfort.