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Nicotinic acid : Interaction with Food, Herbs and Alcohol


Interaction of Nicotinic acid with Food, Herbs and Alcohol - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Nicotinic acid is an antihyperlipidemic agent, prescribed for hyperlipidemia.

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Nicotinic acid Interactions with Food and Herbs

Hot Drinks: Nicotinic acid alone can sometimes cause itching and flushing of the skin. If you drink hot drinks with nicotinic acid, it will increase these side effects of nicotinic acid.

Ginkgo biloba, Garlic and Saw palmetto: A combination of nicotinic acid with ginkgo biloba, garlic and saw palmetto can increase the risk of bleeding.

Nicotinic acid Interactions with Alcohol

Nicotinic acid alone has the ability to cause skin itching and flushing. When you take alcohol along with nicotinic acid, it worsens the side effects like flushing and itching and may sometimes also result in liver damage.
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How to Take the Medication -

Nicotinic acid is a medication used to reduce cholesterol in a dose of 14-18mg per day up to a maximum of 35mg per day. Read the information leaflet carefully before taking nicotinic acid. Don't stop the medication suddenly.
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