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Read information about Advicor below to learn about its common uses. If you have questions about this medicine, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist and be sure to inform them of all the medications you are currently taking.
- Use this medicine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take this medicine by mouth at bedtime with a low-fat snack (eg, low-fat yogurt, banana, crackers with a glass of milk) to minimize flushing and upset stomach, unless directed otherwise by your doctor. Do not take this medicine on an empty stomach. Do not take this medicine with alcohol, a hot drink, or spicy foods.
- If you also take cholestyramine or colestipol, do not take them within 4 to 6 hours of taking this medicine. Check with your doctor if you have questions.
- Swallow this medicine whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
- Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice at the same time you take this medicine.
- Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice may increase the amount of this medicine in your blood, which may increase your risk for serious side effects. The risk may be greater with large amounts of grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Avoid large amounts of grapefruit or grapefruit juice (eg, more than 1 quart daily) while you are using this medicine. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about including grapefruit or grapefruit juice in your diet while you are taking this medicine.
- It may take several weeks for this medicine to work. Do not stop using this medicine without checking with your doctor.
- If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
- Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use this medicine.
- All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
- Back pain; diarrhea; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach upset; temporary skin redness, itching, tingling, or feelings of warmth (flushing); vomiting; weakness.
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); black, tarry, or bloody stools; burning, numbness, or tingling; chest pain; confusion; decreased urination; dizziness; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; flu-like symptoms; increased sweating; joint pain; memory problems; mental or mood changes (eg, depression); muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (especially if associated with fever and a general feeling of discomfort); red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe stomach or back pain (with or without nausea or vomiting); shortness of breath; swelling of the hands, legs, or feet; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst, hunger, or urination; confusion; drowsiness; rapid breathing; fruit-like breath odor); symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine; pale stools; severe or persistent nausea, loss of appetite, or stomach pain; unusual tiredness; yellowing of the skin or eyes); tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes (eg, cloudy or blurred vision); vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
- This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch