Several conditions can be treated with Advicor. Uses for the drug include the treatment of high cholesterol and high triglycerides in the blood. Regular use of the medicine can help decrease total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, as well as increase HDL cholesterol. Advicor has not been approved for use in children, nor are there any currently accepted off-label uses.
Advicor® (niacin extended-release/lovastatin) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. It is approved to be used when both niacin extended-release (Niaspan®) and lovastatin (Mevacor®) are needed.
Uses for lovastatin include:
- Treating high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- Preventing heart disease, including heart attacks, chest pain (angina), and the need for certain heart procedures
- Slowing down the progression of atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of the arteries) in people with heart disease.
Approved uses for extended-release niacin include:
Advicor is used for treating high cholesterol in people who cannot lower cholesterol through lifestyle changes alone. This medication can lower total cholesterol and LDL ("bad cholesterol"), as well as increase HDL ("good cholesterol"). It has also been shown to lower triglyceride levels in the blood.