Niacin (Niaspan ER) - Side Effects, Dosage, Interactions - Drugs

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Niacin (Niaspan ER) - Side Effects, Dosage, Interactions - Drugs

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Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014 have failed to show that niacin reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, and that it can be hard to tolerate. While those studies do not provide enough evidence to stop recommending niacin, the journal concludes that patients who are not already taking niacin may find no need to start.

Niacin comes in various forms including tablets, capsules, and extended release tablets and capsules. It should be taken as directed, sometimes at bedtime with a low-fat snack. Using a medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) or aspirin (Anacin, Bayer, Bufferin) 30 minutes prior to taking niacin may help prevent side effects such as flushing.

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Niacin is used as a vitamin supplement to treat a lack of natural niacin in the body, to lower the risk of heart attack in people with high cholesterol who have already had a heart attack, and to treat coronary artery disease.

Patients should not take niacin if they have severe liver disease, a stomach ulcer, or bleeding. Patients should avoid taking colestipol (Colestid) or cholestyamine (Locholest, Prevalite, Questran) when taking niacin, or take them four to six hours before taking niacin.

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I take Niaspan (prescription version) for high cholesterol. Has not only lowered my cholesterol by over 40 points (1000 mg once per day) in 4 months, it also helped raise my good cholesterol. My mother takes the over the counter niacin, and it also dropped her cholesterol by over 40 points (500 mg per day) in one month-and she has tried many cholesterol drugs over the past few years with poor results. All 4 of us (myself, mother and both doctors) are very pleased with the results. Flushing is minimal for me - maybe once per month do I notice anything. There is a discount program (pays $70) for the niaspan at this time, if it goes away, I will probably switch to over the counter versions.

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Niacin, also called nicotinic acid, is a B vitamin (vitamin B3) used in vitamin supplements and in combination with prescription drugs. It is most often used to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Niacin can also cause unusual results with urine tests, so alert the tester if you are having a drug test.

Niacin is sold by prescription and over-the-counter OTC). It has not been approved for children under age 12.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that niacin may be harmful to an unborn baby if taken at doses to treat high cholesterol. Niacin can be excreted in breast milk and may harm a nursing baby, so if you are breastfeeding, consult with your doctor before using niacin.

Take niacin with a full glass of cold water. The capsule should be swallowed whole. Breaking or crushing the capsule may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

You should also inform your doctor if you have diabetes, liver or kidney problems, gallbladder problems, heart conditions such as angina, gout, or stomach ulcers. It is important to review your medical history with your doctor to avoid harmful interactions.

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The recommended dose of niacin varies according to the type of capsules or tablets you are using, and the condition being treated. It is important to consult with your doctor to take the correct dose for you.

Your doctor needs to know about any allergies you have, and about all the medications you take, whether prescription or over-the-counter, vitamins, illegal or recreational drugs, and dietary or herbal supplements, as they can affect how niacin works.

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Some people take niacin to treat vitamin deficiency, but most people take it to help lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Niacin works best in when combined with a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet.

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