Advicor is a prescription drug with an extended-release Niacin and Lovastatin combination. Niacin (nicotinic acid and vitamin B3) is found in your normal diet and is important for various chemical reactions in your body. By increasing Niacin, your cholesterol and triglyceride levels decrease possibly by reducing protein production that transports cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. Lovastatin is commonly referred to as a statin drug that works by inhibiting a certain enzyme in your liver which lowers cholesterol levels.
Lovastatin is called an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or simply a statin. Its job is to inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme in your liver that is needed for producing cholesterol. Taking Advicor and adopting healthier eating habits will lower your blood cholesterol levels and reduce other health risks caused by having raised cholesterol and triglycerides, including a heart attack or stroke from arteriosclerotic vascular disease.
Conditions Treated by Advicor
Cholesterol is a fat your liver produces that is essential for: building and maintaining cell membranes; the production of hormones released by your adrenal glands; producing bile; insulates nerve fibers; and converts sunshine to vitamin D, and more. Cholesterol levels are thought to be one of the best ways to determine a person’s overall health, with high cholesterol levels signifying low health. High cholesterol levels can be hereditary, but are often caused by eating fatty foods, excessive alcohol consumption and lack of exercise. It is important to reduce high cholesterol, as it can affect the circulatory system, leading to clogged arteries and coronary artery disease.
Atherosclerosis, a type of arteriosclerosis, can occur when you have a buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other matter (collectively called plaques) that impair your normal blood flow. If any of these materials break away or burst, a blood clot can travel through your arteries and cause a heart attack, stroke, or a pulmonary embolism, depending where the clot comes to rest.
Your body already produces enough cholesterol to perform its duties, so you should cut back how much is in your daily diet so your cholesterol levels do not increase to dangerous levels. If you are diabetic or have coronary heart disease, your doctor may recommend Advicor and regular blood tests to monitor your blood cholesterol levels.
Before You Take Advicor
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding as Advicor may be harmful to your unborn or nursing baby. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have and any OTC or Rx medication you are currently taking, including herbal remedies and vitamin supplements so your doctor can determine if Advicor is the right drug for you.
Warnings for Advicor
Because Advicor is an extended-release formula, you should not crush or chew the tablet as this could result in too much medication being released into your system at one time.
Possible Side Effects of Advicor
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