Niacin - Drug Information

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General Information on Niacin

Generic Name : Niacin

Pronunciation : nye' a sin

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 : Vitamins

Why is Niacin Prescribed? (Indications)

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

When should Niacin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

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

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

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.

What is the dosage of Niacin?

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

How should Niacin be taken?

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

What are the warnings and precautions for Niacin?

• 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.

What are the side effects of Niacin?

   Most Common : Flushing, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, increased cough and itching.
   Gastrointestinal : Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and increased cough.
   Skin : Rash.
   Heart : Flushing.

What are the other precautions for Niacin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Niacin?

Store it at room temperature 20° to 25°C.

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is niacin slow release capsule 500mg three times a day harmful to the body? [email protected]

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