Vitamin B3 Niacin

Vitamin B3 Niacin

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    Niacin (or nicotinic acid), which is available either over the counter or as a prescription medication, has multiple effects on the cholesterol panel. The most notable effect of nicotinic acid is on raising the HDL-C (or good) cholesterol. It can also have a significant effect in reducing triglycerides and a modest effect on lowering LDL-C (or bad) cholesterol. Importantly, use of nicotinic acid also has effects on the size and density of LDL cholesterol, making the LDL molecules bigger and 'fluffier,' which may make them less likely to cause heart disease. Nicotinic acid can be used either alone or in combination with other medications, like statins. Like all medications, nicotinic acid may be associated with significant side effects, including flushing, and those risks may be increased when it is used in combination with other cholesterol-lowering medications. Be sure to discuss all medications and supplements with your personal health care provider.
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    To help control flushing that may occur from taking Niaspan, you should avoid drinking hot beverages around the time that you take your Niaspan dose. Additionally, you should avoid drinking alcohol when taking Niaspan. Alcohol can increase your risk of liver damage as well as aggravate the flushing effect of Niaspan. Flushing is not a harmful side effect of Niaspan, although it may be uncomfortable. Taking ibuprofin or aspirin 30 minutes before your Niaspan may also help to reduce flushing.

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    Niaspan can be prescribed to lower cholesterol or treat niacin deficiencies in both children and adults. However, in children under two years of age, Niaspan use is not advised for high cholesterol because cholesterol is imperative for normal development. There are no conclusive studies comparing Niaspan use for children with high cholesterol to use in other age groups. Additionally, it is not known if Niaspan use in older persons can cause different side effects than use in younger adults. Typically, Niaspan is safe to prescribe among teens and adults; a doctor should determine its propriety in cases involving children.

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    There are no adequate studies demonstrating whether or not Niaspan is safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Animal studies have shown adverse effects, but data from human studies are not available. A doctor should help you weigh the risks versus the benefits of using Niaspan during pregnancy. Dietary changes can often help to control cholesterol levels, and high cholesterol is usually not life-threatening without immediate intervention. You will likely be able to complete the term of your pregnancy without your Niaspan prescription if you and your doctor consider this the best option.

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    Certain precautions are important to consider before taking Niaspan. Niaspan can interact adversely with certain other substances, so you should let your doctor know what drugs and supplements you might be using. In particular, alcohol and blood thinners can have unwanted interactions with Niaspan. Niaspan can increase sugar in your blood, causing potential complications for persons with diabetes. Finally, Niaspan can cause drowsiness, so you should not operate a vehicle until you know how this medication affects you.

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    Typical Niaspan dosages range from 500 milligrams to 2 grams one to three times per day. Overdose symptoms include nausea, vomiting, itchiness, dizziness, and flushing. If you suspect you have overdosed on Niaspan, you should call your doctor and a poison control center immediately.

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    People who need to raise their good cholesterol while lowering their bad cholesterol should take Niaspan. If you're seeking to reduce the risk for a second heart attack, keep your arteries from hardening, or lower serum triglyceride levels, Niaspan may be for you. You should only take Niaspan if you don't have liver disease, a stomach ulcer, or active bleeding.

     

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    Niaspan should not be taken by people who are allergic to the ingredients in Niaspan. If you have liver disease, a stomach ulcer, or active bleeding, you shouldn't take Niaspan. If you take blood thinners, multivitamins with niacin, blood pressure medications, or heart medications, Niaspan may have a potentially dangerous interaction. Pregnant or nursing women may not want to take Niaspan as the risk is unknown. Talk with your doctor before starting Niaspan.

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    Niaspan (niacin extended release) is a prescription medication, where as niacin is an over the counter medication. Although similar, the prescription medication is regulated as a drug, the over-the-counter versions of niacin are only regulated as dietary supplements. The two different formulations may cause different degrees of the side effects of flushing and redness.
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    You should not have a hot drink right after Niaspan. Doing so can increase the flushing side effect that Niaspan can cause. Alcohol should also be avoided, as it can also increase flushing, as well as liver damage. You should not take colestipol or cholestyramine at the same time as Niaspan. If you must take either of these medicines, you should take them at least four hours before or after you take Niaspan. Lastly, you should avoid getting up quickly after sitting or lying down, as it can make you dizzy and cause falls.