Simcor Dosage

Switching From Niaspan

If you are switching from Niaspan® (extended-release niacin), your healthcare provider may recommend that you start with a Simcor dosage that is higher than normally recommended, based on your current Niaspan dosage. For instance, if you take Niaspan 1000 mg daily, you could start with Simcor 1000/20 mg once daily, instead of the usual 500/20 mg once daily. However, this does not apply to any other type of niacin, including slow-release niacin (such as Slo-Niacin®) or immediate-release niacin products.
 

General Information on Dosing With Simcor

Some considerations for people taking Simcor include:
 
  • Your Simcor medication should be taken at bedtime with a low-fat snack.
     
  • Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Do not break, chew, or crush the Simcor tablets.
     
  • Alcohol and hot drinks may worsen flushing symptoms and itchy skin, which are common side effects of Simcor. Alcohol and hot drinks should be avoided close to the time that the medicine is taken.
     
  • For Simcor to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The drug will not work if you stop taking it.
     
  • Remember that lowering cholesterol begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, low cholesterol diet, and exercise). If lifestyle changes do not lower cholesterol to a desirable level, cholesterol medications, such as Simcor, may be necessary. However, even for those who are taking cholesterol medication, lifestyle changes are still important for maintaining a good cholesterol level.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to Simcor or your dosage of Simcor, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking Simcor without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
     
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Simcor Medication Information

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