Niacin, also called nicotinic acid, is a B vitamin (vitamin B3). It occurs naturally in plants and animals, and is also added to many foods as a vitamin supplement. Niacin is also present in many multiple vitamins and nutritional supplements. Niacin is used to treat and prevent a lack of natural niacin in the body, and to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood. It is also used to lower the risk of heart attack in people with high cholesterol who have already had a heart attack. Niacin is sometimes used to treat coronary artery disease (also called atherosclerosis). Niacin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Niacin is sometimes taken at bedtime with a low-fat snack. Follow your doctor’s instructions. Niacin can cause certain side effects, such as flushing (warmth, itching, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin). These effects can be made worse if you drink alcohol or hot beverages shortly after you take niacin. These effects should disappear over time as you keep taking the medication. Take niacin with a full glass of cold or cool water.

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Niaspan ER Discussions

  1. link Chuckwersinger
    would niaspan er 1000 mg keep you from sleeping at night
    Chuckwersinger- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Niaspan ER
  2. link Patrusch
    Vibrating sensation
    I just increased my dose from 500 to 1,000 after 10 months of the 500. The first night I experienced the flushing which didn't surprise me but along w - 70% more...
    Patrusch- over a year ago - in Niaspan ER
  3. link Tracymamaof6
    itching like crazy
    I am itching like crazy and I am hoping this will pass. If I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom I have a hard time going back to - 49% more...
    Tracymamaof6- over a year ago - in Niaspan ER
  4. link Mac101
    Permanent Side Effects
    My itching started in my eyes, moved to my shoulders, down both arms, some on both legs. I went to the emergency room, and was told that the medicine - 86% more...
    Mac101- over a year ago - in Niaspan ER
  5. link Domenick
    when i started taking Niaspan,i had to stop.
    I tried again recently but again I had to stop,during the night my bouth legs felt like they where on fire.
    Domenick- over a year ago - in Niaspan ER
  6. link Debhood2
    Shingles and Niaspan
    I have been on 500 mg Niaspan for 2 weeks. Then went to 1000 mg. The next day, I developed shingles down my neck. I have a chronic type of leukemia so - 28% more...
    Debhood2- over a year ago - in Niaspan ER
  7. link Captain1234567
    I thought demons were taking over my body
    I was taking Niaspan ER 500MG for about a month when one night I felt an itching and a burning sensation beginning in my cheeks. I could feel it go to - 80% more...
    Captain1234567- over a year ago - in Niaspan ER
  8. link Marciamae
    Has anyone experience Severe Fatigue?
    In addition to the flushing described by other fellow patients, I have experienced severe fatigue since taking this medication. I hadto stop Simvastin - 61% more...
    Marciamae- over a year ago - 2 Replies - in Niaspan ER
  9. link Deedalady
    24 hours after taking Niaspan I broke out in shingles.
    I took Niaspan exactly like my doctor said. I also take multiple vitamins and other prescriptions. With 24 hours I broke out in water blisters, later - 73% more...
    Deedalady- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Niaspan ER
  10. link Rainhaiter
    Niaspan and Medifast
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    Rainhaiter- over a year ago - in Niaspan ER
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