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Niaspan (Definition)

Niaspan is a cholesterol/lipid lowering agent which is a ...Read more


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What are the short- long-term effects of taking klonopin, doxepin, wellbutrion, seroquel, (quetiapine) armour thyroid, pravastatin, xanex, alcohol, marijuana?

What are the short- long-term effects of taking klonopin, doxepin, wellbutrion, seroquel, (quetiapine) armour thyroid, pravastatin, xanex, alcohol, marijuana?

Confusion: Mental status changes can take place. Be sure to generate a list of all meds and herbals and street drugs to distribute to all of your physicians to make sure that no medication dosing takes place without all informed. ...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 the nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler effective to quit smoking?

Is the nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler effective to quit smoking?

Cessation is great: Nicotrol (nicotine patch) can be effective in smoking cessation as will the gum, patches, etc.You must want to quit as well. Don't think the nicotine substitute (any form) will do it all. You must meet half way. Go on line for all the smoking cessation sites. I'm sure one will be helpful. ...Read more

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Could smoking cigarettes really effect xanax (alprazolam)?

Could smoking cigarettes really effect xanax (alprazolam)?

Not technically: Nicotine is a stimulant which can cause agitation which can negate the anti-anxiety effects of xanax (alprazolam). There are no significant drug-drug interactions. ...Read more

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Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Yes: Sure, it is (was) a very common medication. If you are in il, call me. Most of the times, however, I use wellbutrin (bupropion) - less side effects, additional benefits and the same likelihood to quit. By the way, it is better to be used as a part of a "cocktail" and with a couch-like person. ...Read more

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Is smoking cigars addictive?

Is smoking cigars addictive?

Yes: the smoking ritual itself, whether cigarettes, pipes or tobacco produces a psychological dependency, and the nicotine is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth even in those who don't inhale. In addition, it is highly associated with head and neck cancer (mouth, tongue, throat etc), with higher amounts of cancer-causing tars than cigarettes have. ...Read more

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Tc 240, trig 45, HDL 85, LDL 146. Intolerant of statins, fibrates, Zetia (ezetimibe) and niacin.Diet good, exercise and take fish oil. Any other therapies?

Tc 240, trig 45, HDL 85, LDL 146. Intolerant of statins, fibrates, Zetia (ezetimibe) and niacin.Diet good, exercise and take fish oil. Any other therapies?

Find and Fix Causes: High LDL levels may result from overproduction of LDL particles, decreased clearance of LDL particles, or both. In some cases common LDL lowering medications are not sufficient to control high LDL levels. Consideration should be given to identifyihng genetic causes (familial hypercholesterolemia), or acquired medical problems (thyroid, renal, liver, glucose related disorders) that could be present ...Read more

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Anyone used zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking more than once?

Anyone used zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking more than once?

Yes: You can use it multiple times. More important question is why you relapse. Are you using smoking to calm down? To help concentrate? Just a a time filler? Are you anxious or depressed? Instead of using the same zyben again, try to solve the main probelm first. ...Read more

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What is bettrer chantix or zyban (bupropion) for stop smoking?

What is bettrer chantix or zyban (bupropion) for stop smoking?

Different approaches: Congratulations on your inquiry regarding smoking cessation! Chantix works by occupying the nicotine receptors in the brain. Zyban is bupropion (welbutrin) - an antidepressant that makes more of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine available. Both meds are effective. Both diminish cravings for smoking, and both can be started before you actually stop smoking.Neither med can stop smoking for you! ...Read more

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Quitting smoking at 66?

Quitting smoking at 66?

Yes, : Stopping smoking can only help your health. Most important is your desire to stop. There are many strategies to help, from nicotine patches/gum & various pharmaceutical meds to acupuncture & hypnosis.Exercise & relaxation helps.For more details on ways to quit see http://altmedicine.About.Com/od/therapiesfromrtoz/a/quit_smoking.Htm & www.Shareguide.Com/smoking.Html also see my comment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Side effect of stopping Abilify (aripiprazole) cold turkey?

Side effect of stopping Abilify (aripiprazole) cold turkey?

Depends upon illness: If it is being used to treat depression, you could go right back into it the very next day. If it is for psychosis, you might eventually rek\lapse, same with bipolar disorder. These medications should generally be tapered and never stopped without a discussion with your treatment provider. ...Read more

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Can you use Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL to quit smoking?

Can you use Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL to quit smoking?

Quit smoking: Wellbutrin XL/bupropion XL is an antidepressant medication that helps some people less desire to use tobacco. Medication called Zyban/bupropion sustained-release is indicated for smoking cessation and Wellbutrin XL is closely related. Keep in mind: best way to successfully stop using tobacco or any substance is to include psychosocial support along with the medication. Behavior change is critical! ...Read more

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Which medication to support quitting smoking?

Which medication to support quitting smoking?

Chantix or Wellbutri: Both Chantix and wellbutrin (bupropion) can be helpful in the cessation of smoking tobacco. ...Read more

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Is Zetia better than lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Is Zetia better than lipitor (atorvastatin)?

zetia (ezetimibe): Lipitor (atorvastatin) data is stronger than Zetia data for lowering lipids and decreasing atherosclerotic complications. ...Read more

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Stopping smoking. I've tried numerous times to quit smoking using patches, inhalers, electronic ciggerettes and also cold turkey several times?

Stopping smoking. I've tried numerous times to quit smoking using patches, inhalers, electronic ciggerettes and also cold turkey several times?

Talk to doc for meds: Smoking cessation can be difficult but it can be done. I would advise you speak with your general practitioner and ask him/her about smoking cessation medications like bupropion or varenicline. Both of these medications are available in the UK, Europe, Canada, and the US. They can work in conjunction with the nicotine replacement methods of patches and gums. ...Read more

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Are Suboxone withdrawals better than roxy withdrawals?

Are Suboxone withdrawals better than roxy withdrawals?

Not necessarily: I have heard patients tell me that suboxone withdrawal is not as bad and have also heard it's worse. It depends on from how high of a dose one is stopping whatever opiate they've been taking. It is much easier and safer to try and gradually decrease the opiate dose until one is stopping from a very low dose and not a higher dose. The higher the dose, the worse the withdrawal when stopping. ...Read more

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Hello. Is omega XL safe for diabetics taking insulin metformin glipizide Lipitor (atorvastatin) diazid tricor & bp meds, spiriva advair. ?

Hello. Is omega XL safe for diabetics taking insulin metformin glipizide Lipitor (atorvastatin) diazid tricor & bp meds, spiriva  advair. ?

Exercise caution: you are already on multiple medications, some possibly interact together, you don't want to add more unless really needed, even if it is a supplement, fatty acids in omega fish oil might increase lipids in your system, this is not against any drug but rather for your own safety, please revise all your meds with your doctor on regular basis, good luck ...Read more

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Benefits/risks of Zetia vs crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Benefits/risks of Zetia vs crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Crestor (rosuvastatin) is better: Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a statin. Statins are the only cholesterol drugs that have been clearly shown to reduce mortality - that is, to save lives. While Zetia does lower cholesterol, there is to date no convincing evidence that it saves lives. ...Read more

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What is niaspan (niacin) prescribed for?

What is niaspan (niacin) prescribed for?

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. NiaSpan (niacin) is prescription Niacin ...Read more

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What're the dangers of taking niaspan (niacin)?

What're the dangers of taking niaspan (niacin)?

Hard to say: Many people get flushing, which is a minor side effect. Some people get an increase in HDL (good cholesterol) but the value of this change with Niacin has recently been challenged by the aim-high study. ...Read more

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What is niaspan (niacin) used to treat?

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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Do you need to take niaspan (niacin) forever?

Niaspan (niacin): It depends on why you are taking it, and the expected outcome. This should be discussed with your doctor. ...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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How much time does a flushing episode from niaspan (niacin) last?

How much time does a flushing episode from niaspan (niacin) last?

Flushing: Individual flushing episodes can last several hours, its variable by patient. Sometimes after many weeks they will stop happening. ...Read more

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Is there a negative reaction between niaspan (niacin) and qualaquin?

No interaction here: Each has its own side effects and this is not enough space for all of them. But the tow medicine should not interact with each other. If you are experiencing significant side effects or have other concern, consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the differences between 500 mg niaspan (niacin extended-release) tablets and niacan you can buy otc?

NiaSpan (niacin).: NiaSpan (niacin) is a slow release variety, while the OTC Niacin versions are not - the latter tend to cause facial flushing and redness after use. There's a flush free OTC version which negates this symptom. ...Read more

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Niaspan (niacin) Exten Release 500mg. How long does the extended release last? Over time i am meant to try to get to 2g/day. Can i take 1g morn, 1g eve?

That is OK: Hi. Yes, it's fine to take Niaspan (niacin) twice daily. It is approved for once daily, but if tolerability is better taken twice daily, then that is perfectly OK. ...Read more

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What are the risks of taking niaspan (niacin)?

A few risks to note: can cause sugars to go up, flushing, high enough doses can affect the liver(especially when added to a statin), limited data on benefit. In other words the total cholesterol and the LDLs should be the focus of treatment. No mortality reductions with niaspan (niacin) or the fibrate group of drugs. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of niaspan (niacin)?

Some side effects: All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.Diarrhea; dizziness; headache; heartburn; increased cough, indigestion, or upset stomach; nausea; temporary skin redness, itching, tingling, or feelings of warmth (flushing); vomiting. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Niaspan (niacin)?

Niaspan (niacin): see: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/niaspan-side-effects.html

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What is the definition or description of: Niaspan allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Niaspan allergy?

Niaspan allergy: Niaspan (Niacin) helps to lower elevated cholesterol &triglyceride levels & to treat niacin deficiency. ...Read more

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Husband experiencing extreme itching taking niaspan (niacin). Anything else he can take?

Husband experiencing extreme itching taking niaspan (niacin).  Anything else he can take?

Niaspan (niacin): Niacin causes this reaction. To make it not occur you need to take a full dose aspirin, or an Ibuprofen 1/2 hour before you take the niaspan (niacin). You should take it at bed time and also eat a low fat snack with it. Avoid alcohol of spicy foods before taking it. This should prevent the reaction. ...Read more

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Pls see HX on me. Dr.has me on Niaspan (niacin) 500 for high Trigly. What, if any, is the difference from OC Nician @ 1k mg?

Hx noted: OC Niacin is niacin. Generic OC niacin is likely cheaper and thus preferred. The usual dose is 500-2000 mg limited by flushing. Flushing can be reduced by taking 325 mg of aspirin an hour beforehand. Niacin reduces triglycerides but generally isn't indicated unless the level is >500 and refractory to dietary changes. ...Read more

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Is niapsan %00mg ER anight time or morning medicine? My bottle just says take 1. I have been on niaspan 500mg for 3 years, and zocor. But i don't know if they are taken together or if niaspan is a day or night medicine, or zocor.?

Niaspan (niacin) : Niaspan (niacin) is best taken in the morning with a low dose 81 mg aspirin. The Aspirin lessens the flushing that accompanies the niaspan (niacin). Zocor is best taken in the evening, when it is 10% more effective due to the body's biorhythm. ...Read more

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