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Abbott Receives FDA Approval for SIMCOR(R) (Niaspan(R) / simvastatin), a Novel Combination Medicine for Comprehensive Cholesterol Management

o simple blood tests before and during treatment with SIMCOR to check for liver problems.

SIMCOR may cause an increase in blood sugar levels. Patients with diabetes should report any changes in blood sugar levels to their health care provider. Women of childbearing age should use an effective method of birth control to prevent pregnancy while using SIMCOR. Flushing (warmth, redness, itching, and/or tingling of the skin) is the most common side effect and may become less frequent over time. Additional symptoms may include rapid or pronounced heartbeat, shortness of breath, sweating, chills, dizziness, fainting, and/or swelling. Flushing may vary in severity and is more likely to occur when starting therapy or during dose increases. By taking SIMCOR at bedtime, flushing will most likely occur during sleep. If awakened by flushing, patients should take their time getting up, especially if feeling dizzy, faint, or taking blood pressure medications. Other common side effects may include headache, itching, nausea, back pain, and diarrhea. More information about SIMCOR, including full prescribing information, is available on the Web site, or by calling Abbott Medical Information at 1-800-633-9110.

About Niaspan

Available since 1997, Niaspan is the only FDA-approved, once-daily extended-release prescription formulation of niacin for treating abnormal cholesterol levels.

Niaspan Indications

Niaspan is indicated as an adjunct to diet when the response to a diet restricted in saturated fat and cholesterol and other nonpharmacologic measures alone has been inadequate, to reduce elevated total cholesterol, LDL- C, Apo B, and triglyceride levels, and to increase HDL-C in patients with primary hypercholesterolemia and mixed dyslipidemia. In patients with a history of myocardial infarction and hypercholesterolemia, niacin is indicated to

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