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The comparative bioavailability of an extended-release niacin and lovastatin fixed dose combination tablet versus extended-release niacin tablet, lovastatin tablet and a combination of extended-release niacin tablet and lovastatin tablet.

Author(s): Menon R, Tolbert D, Cefali E

Affiliation(s): Kos Pharmaceuticals Inc, Weston, FL 33326, USA. menonrm2000@yahoo.com

Publication date & source: 2007-09, Biopharm Drug Dispos., 28(6):297-306.

Publication type: Comparative Study; Randomized Controlled Trial

Lovastatin and extended-release (ER) niacin in a fixed dose combination (Advicor) is approved for the treatment of dyslipidemia. Since both drugs are extensively metabolized, this study investigated the bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of their co-administration following single-dose administration. In a 4-way crossover study 40 subjects received: two 1000/20 Advicor tablets (ADV), two 1000 mg niacin ER tablets (NSP), two 20mg lovastatin tablets (Mevacor; MEV), and two niacin ER 1000 mg tablets with two lovastatin 20mg tablets (NSP+MEV). Plasma was assayed for niacin, nicotinuric acid (NUA), lovastatin, lovastatin acid and HMGCoA reductase inhibition. Urine was assayed for niacin and its metabolites, NUA, N-methylnicotinamide and N-methyl-2pyridone-5-carboxamide. Least square mean ratios and 90% confidence intervals for C(max) and AUC((0-t)) were determined for NSP+MEV versus MEV or NSP, ADV versus MEV or NSP, and ADV versus NSP+MEV. Co-administration of niacin and lovastatin did not significantly influence C(max) and AUC((0-t)) of lovastatin, niacin, NUA and total urinary recovery of niacin and metabolites. A 22 to 25% decrease in lovastatin acid C(max) was observed while lovastatin acid AUC((0-t)) was not affected. The HMGCoA reductase inhibition C(max) and AUC((0-t)) were not affected indicating that the difference in lovastatin acid C(max) was not clinically relevant.

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