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I've been taking advicor for five years and now my doctor is switching me to zocor (simvastatin). How long does the niacin stay in your body.. Flushing?

I've been taking advicor for five years and now my doctor is switching me to zocor (simvastatin).  How long does the niacin stay in your body..  Flushing?

Good question: I researched your question: the half life of extended release Niacin in Advicor (lovastatin and niacin) is very variable, & depends on gender, dose, & individual characteristics. It peaks 5 hours after a single dose. Following years of treatment, it's probably safe to assume that it will take days (3-5) to wear off completely. Possibly longer depending on dose. ...Read more

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Cholesterol medicine advicor (lovastatin and niacin) side effects.?

Cholesterol medicine advicor (lovastatin and niacin) side effects.?

Med side effects: Advicor (lovastatin and niacin) contains a statin as well as niacin. Side-effects include muscular aches (statins), inflammation (both), lft elevation (both), and flushing (niacin). Dangerous toxicity is rare, but muscle aches can occur in 10% patients. ...Read more

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Is it legal for the nurses to give unsolicited medical advice or speak on behalf of the m.D. And intentionally mislead the patient?

Is it legal for the nurses to give unsolicited medical advice or speak on behalf of the m.D. And intentionally mislead the patient?

No: Nurses can relay the md's answers and obtain and gather info from the patient to relay back to md. They can give answers if it fits with established protocols (such as for upper resp infections or urinary tract infections). But seems unprofessional to offer unsolicited advice especially if not conveying the md's advice. ...Read more

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I recently sent my question about Mr. Daloul and I need advice only for which kind of treatment would be recommended only no need to video chat ?

I recently sent my question about Mr. Daloul and I need advice only for 
which kind of treatment would be recommended only no need to video chat  
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What is the question: We are unable to offer diagnosis or treatment recommendations on this question/answer board. For that you will need to schedule an appointment with a clinician. If you don't want to do video chat you can send your question by email to the clinician of your choice. This forum is only for medical education. ...Read more

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Well I took another at home pregnancy test was no doubt negative but I am still having symptoms, Do I have to be 18 to ask for advice and or vid chat?

Well I took another at home pregnancy test was no doubt negative but I am still having symptoms, Do I have to be 18 to ask for advice and or vid chat?

Parental permission: Yes ma'am you will need a parent or guardian to have an account on this network and then, they can ask questions on your behalf due to your age. If that can happen then, I am happy to help you with medical questions or concerns by writing to me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi All the best to you. ...Read more

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A friend of mine has a 7year old son and up till now his missing the first syllable if every word that he speak. Pls advice?

A friend of mine has a 7year old son and up till now his missing the first syllable if every word that he speak. Pls advice?

Needs some help: Most public school systems within the us have speech therapists on contract to provide services to those with speech and language disorders. Drill work on word attack skills will help this kid progress.This is facilitated by the kids acquiring some understanding of written words and learning to sound out words with phonic interpretation.Toddler speech is based on mimicry & often ends up garbled. ...Read more

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Sexually molested. I need help and advice. Who to talk to?

Sexually molested. I need help and advice. Who to talk to?

Sexual molestation: I am sorry you had this experience -- i'm guessing it was in childhood? You are not alone. First, you can look for support groups in your area. National info: http://www.Ascasupport.Org/ it's important to connect with others who understand and can empathize with you about such things. You may also benefit from individual psychotherapy to deal with the aftermath, so that you can heal. Be well. ...Read more

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Why is it such a taboo to talk openly about mental health? I need some advice.

Why is it such a taboo to talk openly about mental health? I need some advice.

It's not taboo here!: Depending on the culture, just about anything that's not a 'light, breezy, it's just fine' attitude can be 'taboo'. I think it's fear. Humans are easily threatened and don't like having that exposed. So, when we mention troubling feelings, thoughts and behaviors - many get scared and react badly. Now, let's move on. Healthtap is a wonderful place to 'talk' openly about all health issues. Shoot. ...Read more

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