Niacin - Drug Information

Generic Name : Niacin | Pronunciation : nye' a sin
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Latest prescription information about Niacin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y51.1 | Therapeutic Classification : Cholinergic Agents
Drug Information

Trade Name(s): 

India : 


International : 

Niacor, Niaspan, Slo-Niacin, Nicolar

Why it is prescribed : 

This medication is an antihyperlipidemic agent, prescribed for hyperlipidemia.  Niacin is a B-complex vitamin.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): 

Contraindicated in patients with ulcer, severe liver disease, arterial bleeding, and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category :






Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications): 

Adult: PO-The daily dosage is 500 mg in any 4week period. The recommended maintenance dose is 1000 to 2000mg.

How it should be taken : 

It comes as a tablet, capsule, and liquid to take by mouth, with food.

Warnings and Precautions : 

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of chest pain, sugar, increased eye pressure, gout, recent heart attack, kidney or liver problems, low blood pressure, low blood minerals, muscle problems, peptic ulcers, thyroid deficiency, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
It may affect blood counts, avoid bruising or injury.

Side Effects : 

   Most Common
- Flushing, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, increased cough and itching.

- Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and increased cough.

- Rash.

- Flushing.

Other Precautions : 

Avoid excess dosage.

Storage Conditions : 

Store it at room temperature 20 to 25C.


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nick carro
is niacin slow release capsule 500mg three times a day harmful to the body?
nick carro  Friday, April 20, 2007
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