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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Lovastatin And Niacin (Overview)

Lovastatin|niacin is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid lowering agent (cardiovascular drug).


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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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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Lovastatin And Niacin (Overview)

Lovastatin|niacin is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid lowering agent (cardiovascular drug).


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Are nightmares usually a side effect of niacin?

Are nightmares usually a side effect of niacin?

Usually not!: Itching and burning sensation of skin most cxommon. I suspect any uncomfortable feeling can cause a nightmare, but this is not listed as a common side effect. Low dose Aspirin can negate flushing-itching-burning, in many patients if taken about one hour before niacin. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lovastatin?

What are the side effects of lovastatin?

Muscle and liver: Usually nothing, but occasionally muscle pains , or liver irritation, and rarely muscle damage. ...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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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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What is flush free niacin?

What is flush free niacin?

Niacin.: Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and converting your LDL to a less harmful subtype. As a negative, Niacin can cause facial flushing and redness so get the flush free variety. And have your liver enzyme values monitored, as they can be affected by Niacin use. ...Read more

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Is niacin flush dangerous?

Is niacin flush dangerous?

No.: The flush you get from some forms of Niacin is not dangerous,, but it sure it annoying, isn't it? Get a flush free version over the counter. ...Read more

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What is flush-free niacin?

What is flush-free niacin?

Niacin.: Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and converting your LDL to a less harmful subtype. As a negative, Niacin can cause facial flushing and redness so get the flush free variety. And have your liver enzyme values monitored, as they can be affected by Niacin use. ...Read more

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Niacin. Is it a happy pill?

Niacin. Is it a happy pill?

No: No.It is one component of vitamin b complexes.In high doses it can be used for hyperlipedimia. ...Read more

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What amount niacin should I take?

What amount niacin should I take?

None: You're 38. What is your indication for taking niacin? If you have high cholesterol, change your diet and life style. ...Read more

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Should i take niacin to calm me down?

It's not for that.: Unless having a lower cholesterol will calm you down, Niacin has no direct calming effect. ...Read more

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What is niaspan (niacin) used to treat?

Niaspona: This a long acting form of Niacin we use to treat elevated cholesterol and to try and raise HDL somewhat. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lovastatin?

Muscle and liver: Usually nothing, but occasionally muscle pains , or liver irritation, and rarely muscle damage. ...Read more

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Is a niacin flush helpful for any conditions?

Is a niacin flush helpful for any conditions?

No: Niacin flush is not something you do. It's what some people feel/get when they take their Niacin medication for high cholesterol. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: niaspan (niacin)?

Please describe the medication: niaspan (niacin)?

Long acting Niacin: Niaspan is an extended release version of niacin. It is used to raise good cholesterol (hdl), lower bad cholesterol (ldl), and reduce triglycerides. Niacin is a vitamin (b3), also known as nicotinic acid. ...Read more

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