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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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How do I know these are real medical doctors on this app? Why would they give free medical advice?

How do I know these are real medical doctors on this app?  Why would they give free medical advice?

Some do help out..: Checking on someone's credential is not that hard and there are software/ways to know whether or not someone does have a medical license or not. As you probably know, pharmacists, psychologists, phlebotomists, physical therapists etc...Are also on this website. I guess it is hard to be 100% sure, thus when in doubt, check with your own doc. Many docs do want to help out---i do. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Do you think that providing free medical advice will undermine your ability or the ability of other physicians to make a living?

Do you think that providing free medical advice will undermine your ability or the ability of other physicians to make a living?

No. : As you probably have learned firsthand, navigating the internet for medical information can be quite confusing and misleading. I look at healthtap as a way of steering people in the right direction. Besides, I am a surgeon: my care is always "hands-on" :-). ...Read more

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If someone had only a few weeks to live but couldn't go to a hospital could a doctor give free advice online to help ease their suffering?

If someone had only a few weeks to live but couldn't go to a hospital could a doctor give free advice online to help ease their suffering?

Things possible: Since I am sure there is an ongoing doctor, you can call that doctor for advise. Here we give advise but can't prescribe. That person's doctor can send prescription to the pharmacy, or send a nurse, or send a case manager, etc.. The can do things to help the family. They can even contact home hospice to come to your home. So, please call her/his doctor for help. Good luck and i pray for all of you. ...Read more

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Medical advice on nescafe on human health?

Medical advice on nescafe on human health?

Coffee: Coffee has been studied for years. It seems like every few months I see info on it. Latest info I saw was it decreases the incidence of gallstones. Some instant coffee's contain partially-hydrogenated oils. These oils are not healthy at all. Coffee stains your teeth but can be bleached out ;-) http://www.bantransfats.com/abouttransfat.html ...Read more

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If you referred a child for phycological advice is that your medical decison not the phycologists?

If you referred a child for phycological advice is that your medical decison not the phycologists?

Confusing question: I often send kids to see a specialist when it is evident that they need their specialty care. Whether this is a bone doctor or a psychologist, it is a decision based on my recognition from my training that that is what they need. Whether you split hairs & call this a medical decision or a psychological one is not the point.I use the training & experience I have as a physician to make that decision. ...Read more

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I need medical advice for dealing with anxiety?

I need medical advice for dealing with anxiety?

What have you done : So far to address your anxiety? Medical evaluation to check for medical causes for symptoms is a good place to start. Psychiatric ; /or psychological evaluation is also important. See what recommendations come from this. In the meantime, talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat. ...Read more