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Advoir is made up of two active ingredients, niacin and lovastatin. These two active ingredients are from the drug classes of vitamin B3 (niacin) and HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors/statins (lovastatin). We carry the brand choice Advoir in 1000mg/20mg and 500mg/20mg. They can range from white, pink, red and orange and almost always oval shaped.

This medication, combined with a proper diet, is used to lower cholesterol and lipid (fat) disorders, increase the “good” cholesterol (HDL) in the blood, slow down the process of heart disease as well as lower triglycerides.

Niacin works by reducing the amount of cholesterol created by your liver and assisting the body with removal of fat from the blood. Locastatin also works by reducing the amount of cholesterol created by the liver. This medication is prescribed when either one does not work on its own. When removing bad cholesterol and increasing “good” cholesterol, you decrease the chance of heart disease and helps prevent stokes and heart attacks from occurring.

Do not take more or less than directed by your doctor and make sure to follow his directions only.

It is best to take this pill at bedtime, with a low fat meal or a snack. Do not break or crush this tablet, swallow whole. Do not take this medication on an empty stomach.


Do not drink large amounts of grapefruit while taking Advior. This may increase your risk of muscle injury and could result in kidney problems.

Avoid drinking alcohol or limit to less than 3 a day. This could cause damage to your liver.

Refrain from standing up from laying or sitting position too quickly to save you from getting dizzy or lightheaded.

This medication could increase your blood sugar. Make sure to tell your doctor if you have diabetes as your medication, exercise or diet may need to be changed.

This medication is not meant for expecting mothers and could seriously harm your baby.

Tell your doctor if you have a history of liver or kidney disease, stomach/intestinal ulcers, bleeding problems, low level of phosphate or gout.

Side Effects

Common side effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • a general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • itching skin
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • rash
  • runny nose
  • shivering

Seek medical attention right away if:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction (rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat).
  • Signs of high blood sugar (confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit)
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Sweating a lot.
  • Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed


Does it have any medication interactions?

Some serious drug reactions include;

  • Simcor (niacin / simvastatin)
  • TriCor (fenofibrate)
  • metformin
  • Niaspan (niacin)
  • Omeprazole Actos (pioglitazone)

Is this medication safe for children?

It is not recommended for the use of children.

Is it okay to give one of my pills to my relative who suffers from the same condition as I do?

No. There are many factors, such as medical history and current medications, which play into what strength of dosage one should take.

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