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Generic: lovastatin-niacin
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It is used in combination with a healthy diet to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

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What is this medicine?

LOVASTATIN; NIACIN (LOE va sta tin; nye a SIN) is used in combination with a healthy diet to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • frequently drink alcoholic beverages
  • kidney or liver disease
  • low blood counts, low platelets, or bleeding problems
  • muscle aches or weakness
  • other medical condition
  • ulcers of intestine or stomach
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lovastatin, niacin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow whole. Do not crush, break, or chew the tablet. It should be taken in the evening with a low- fat snack. Do not take this medicine with grapefruit juice, hot beverages, or alcohol- containing beverages. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. If you also take cholestyramine or colestipol to lower your cholesterol, you should take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 4 hours after a dose of these medications. If skin flushing (skin warmth, redness) becomes a problem, ask your doctor for advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • boceprevir
  • certain antibiotics like erythromycin, clarithromycin, and telithromycin
  • certain antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • medicines for fungal infections like itraconazole, ketoconazole, or posaconazole
  • mifepristone, RU- 486
  • nefazodone
  • other niacin products
  • red yeast rice
  • telaprevir
  • telithromycin
  • troleandomycin

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • amiodarone
  • aspirin
  • cholestyramine or colestipol
  • colchicine
  • cyclosporine
  • danazol
  • digoxin
  • grapefruit juice
  • medicines for diabetes
  • medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease
  • nitroglycerin or nitrates like amyl nitrate, isosorbide dinitrate, isosorbide mononitrate
  • other cholesterol medicines like gemfibrozil, fenofibrate or clofibrate
  • ranolazine
  • warfarin

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