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Advicor Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is lovastatin and niacin (Advicor)?
- What are the possible side effects of lovastatin and niacin (Advicor)?
- What is the most important information I should know about lovastatin and niacin (Advicor)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lovastatin and niacin (Advicor)?
- How should I take lovastatin and niacin (Advicor)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Advicor)?
- What happens if I overdose (Advicor)?
- What should I avoid while taking lovastatin and niacin (Advicor)?
- What other drugs will affect lovastatin and niacin (Advicor)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Advicor)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Advicor)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include severe dizziness, severe redness or tingling, vomiting, or fainting.
What should I avoid while taking lovastatin and niacin (Advicor)?
If you also take cholestyramine (Prevalite, Questran) or colestipol (Colestid), avoid taking them within 4 to 6 hours before or after you take lovastatin and niacin.
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Lovastatin and niacin will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with lovastatin and niacin and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.
What other drugs will affect lovastatin and niacin (Advicor)?
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- colchicine (Colcrys);
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- drugs to treat high blood pressure or a prostate disorder, such as alfuzosin (Uroxatral), doxazosin (Cardura), prazosin (Minipress), silodosin (Rapaflo), terazosin (Hytrin), or tamsulosin (Flomax);
- heart or blood pressure medication such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), diltiazem (Cardizem, Cartia, Dilacor, Diltia, Diltzac, Taztia, Tiazac), felodipine (Plendil), nifedipine (Nifedical, Procardia), ranolazine (Ranexa), verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan), and others;
- nitroglycerin (Nitro-Dur, Nitrolingual, Nitrostat, Transderm-Nitro, and others), isosorbide dinitrate (Dilatrate, Isordil, Isochron), or isosorbide mononitrate (Imdur, ISMO, Monoket); or
- any other "statin" medication such as atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), or simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with lovastatin and niacin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about lovastatin and niacin.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Advicor Information
- Advicor Drug Interactions Center: niacin-lovastatin oral
- Advicor Side Effects Center
- Advicor Overview including Precautions
- Advicor FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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