First, you need to know your numbers. Work with your doctor to determine your cholesterol levels through a blood test, called a lipoprotein profile.2
The visuals below will give you a general idea of levels that are considered optimal. Since your doctor and their staff know you and your medical history, always discuss your risks of disease and treatment with them.
LDL “bad” cholesterol3 (mg/dL)
HDL “good” cholesterol3 (mg/dL)
Total cholesterol3 (mg/dL) = LDL + HDL
Source: National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel (ATP) 3 Guidelines, 2002.
The American Heart Association recommends that all adults age 20 and older have their cholesterol checked
The first step in managing any potential health concern, including high cholesterol, is a discussion with your doctor. Your doctor knows you and your medical history, and can help guide you toward making informed decisions about your cholesterol levels.
NIASPAN® (niacin extended-release tablets) are a prescription medication used along with diet when a low-cholesterol diet and exercise alone are not enough.
Taking NIASPAN with another cholesterol-lowering medicine (simvastatin) does not reduce heart attacks or strokes more than taking simvastatin alone.
For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.
References: 1. American Heart Association. What your cholesterol levels mean. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/AboutCholesterol/What-Your-Cholesterol-Levels-Mean_UCM_305562_Article.jsp#.WoXr-HxMGM8. Accessed
Please see the full Prescribing Information for NIASPAN and discuss it with your healthcare provider.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
If you are having difficulty paying for your medicine, AbbVie may be able to help. Visit AbbVie.com/myAbbVieAssist to learn more.
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NIASPAN® (niacin extended-release) tablets are a prescription medication used along with diet when a low-cholesterol diet and exercise alone are not enough.