FDA Approves Abbott's Advicor

Improving cholesterol levels and lowering very high serum triglyceride levels, in combination with diet and exercise.

It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Advicor is a vitamin (niacin) and HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor (lovastatin) combination. Lovastatin works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) that is necessary for the production of cholesterol. Exactly how niacin works is not totally understood. It is thought to work in the liver by blocking the production of low-density lipids (bad cholesterol) and increasing the production of high-density lipids (good cholesterol).

Advicor is a once-a-day medication that along with diet helps you manage high cholesterol when diet and other nondrug measures alone have been unsuccessful and when treatment with niacin and lovastatin are appropriate.

ADVICOR (niacin extended-release and lovastatin) is indicated for use when treatment with both NIASPAN and lovastatin is appropriate. As described in the labeling for Niaspan and lovastatin below, the components of ADVICOR are both indicated for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. Patients receiving treatment with ADVICOR should be on a standard cholesterol-lowering diet and should continue on this diet during treatment.

Why is Advicor prescribed?

Advicor is a cholesterol-lowering drug. Excess cholesterol in the bloodstream can lead to hardening of the arteries and heart disease. Advicor lowers total cholesterol and LDL ("bad") cholesterol, while raising the amount of HDL ("good") cholesterol.

Advicor is a combination of two cholesterol-fighting ingredients: extended-release niacin and lovastatin. It is prescribed only when other drugs and a program of diet, exercise, and weight reduction have been unsuccessful in lowering cholesterol levels.

Most important fact about Advicor

Although you cannot feel any symptoms of high cholesterol, it is important to take Advicor every day. The drug will be more effective if it is taken as part of a program of diet, exercise, and weight loss. All these efforts keep your cholesterol levels normal and lower your risk of heart disease.