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Basic Information On Advicor
Advicor is a combination of Lovastatin and niacin which are used to lower triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood. Niacin, which is also known as nicotinic acid, is nothing but vitamin B (vitamin B3). It can be naturally found in animals and plants. It is also present in a lot of nutritional supplements and multiple vitamins. Lovastatin belongs to a group of medicines known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors or statins. It helps in reducing the levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol in the blood, and also increases the levels of good cholesterol.
Precautions / Side Effects for Advicor
Advicor (Lovastatin and Niacin) should not be taken if you react adversely to niacin (Niacor, Niaspan and others) or Lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev). You should also avoid taking brand or generic Advicor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Consult your doctor before taking Lovastatin and Niacin even if you are planning to get pregnant. Other conditions in which you should not take this drug are if you have severe bleeding, liver disease or stomach ulcer.
You should tell your doctor before taking the Advicor drug if you have a history of kidney or liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disorder or gout. Taking this drug can also lead to breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue which can in turn lead to failure of kidney. You should not drink alcohol as it can raise the triglyceride levels and lead to liver damage. Some regulatory authorities have categorized Advicor as Type X drug. It can cause danger to an unborn child and also cause birth defects.
You should take Advicor at night before going to bed preferably with snacks ideally of low fat composition. You should not break, crush or chew the Advicor tablets. If you are not using Niaspan, start with the lowest dose of this medicine that is a five hundred mg per twenty mg tablet to be taken once every night. The dosage increase should not be greater than 500 mg on every day basis. It is not recommended to take more than two thousand mg per forty mg of Advicor daily. A study has shown that the drug strengths that is, 1 tablet of thousand mg per 40 mg and 2 tablets of 500 mg per twenty mg cannot be taken interchangeably.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.