Vitamin B3 Niacin

Vitamin B3 Niacin

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    There are seven other B vitamins in addition to vitamin B3 or niacin. They are thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), cyanocobalamin (B12), and folic acid (B9). Each of the B vitamins shares the job of helping your body metabolize sugar for energy and helping create or improve cells. The reason they are classified as different vitamins, however, is because they all serve a slightly different specific function. For example, B3 helps control cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, while too little B12 or B6 in your diet could cause you to have anemia.

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    Vitamin B3 (niacin) supplements are available as a tablet and extended-release tablet, both of which are taken by mouth. Take a tablet each day according to your doctor's instructions with food and at least eight ounces of cool water. Do not take vitamin B3 with hot liquids because you may experience skin irritation and flushing. If you use the extended-release tablet, take it before you go to bed, with a snack and at least eight ounces of cool water. Be sure to swallow it without chewing, and do not break it beforehand.

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    Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, commonly causes side effects such as feeling flushed, itching or redness of the skin. Alcohol and hot drinks may increase these side effects. To reduce flushing reactions, try taking this medicine with a cool drink. You may also feel dizzy when taking vitamin B3, or it may cause an allergic reaction. Some people may notice that vitamin B3 causes insomnia. But such side effects of vitamin B3 may fade as you consume it on a regular basis.