Advicor, also known as niacin-lovastatin, is a medication used to help lower “bad” cholesterol levels, including triglycerides and LDL. This drug also raises the “good” cholesterol in the blood, which is called HDL. This drug is often prescribed after unsuccessful use of niacin or lovastatin to lower cholesterol. Advicor is prescribed alongside other cholesterol drugs as well as a healthy diet and exercise plan.
Niacin is also known as vitamin B3 and works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver and helps the body remove fats from the blood. Lovastatin also works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver.
Make sure to always read the patient information and instructions before using this medication. Always follow your doctor’s directions.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Advicor.
Common side effects of Advicor include but are not limited to:
Get medical help if you have any of the following side effects.
Can you take Advicor while pregnant?
This medication must NOT be used during pregnancy. Lovastatin may harm an unborn baby, so consult your doctor to discuss reliable forms of birth control while taking Advicor. This medication also passes into breast milk, which may have an undesirable effect on a nursing infant. Talk to your doctor if you are breast-feeding or planning to become pregnant.