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Niacin is a naturally occurring water-soluble B vitamin used to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and triglycerides while increasing good cholesterol (HDL). By regulating these levels, this vitamin helps manage and prevent cardiovascular problems.
Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, contains nicotinic acid and nicotinamide which help form coenzymes necessary for energy production and regulating biological functions. Thanks to vitamin B3’s importance in regulating functions, taking Niacin can help regulate cholesterol levels in your blood.
Research has also found that Niacin may be neuroprotective and could help improve symptoms related to neuropathological conditions and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Uses and Dosage
Doses of niacin prescribed will vary depending on the individual being treated. Follow your doctor’s directives and read all instructions on the vitamin’s packaging.
- Swallow the tablet whole
- Take niacin after eating dinner
- Adults usually start by taking 250mg once daily
- Adults are not recommended to take more than 6g a day
- Taking aspirin or an NSAID before niacin can help reduce flushing
- Pair niacin with a diet and exercise program
Niacin may cause some side effects as it affects your cholesterol levels and helps regulate other biological processes. Consult with your doctor for more information regarding symptoms you may encounter.
Common Niacin side effects:
- Flushing (sudden warmth, redness, or tingling)
- Upset stomach, nausea
- Vomiting, diarrhea
- Abnormal liver function tests
- Itching, rash, dry skin
- Skin discolouration
Serious Side Effects
Some more serious side effects may occur when taking Niacin. Stop using this vitamin and call your doctor right away if you notice any of the following:
- Heart attack symptoms (chest pain or pressure, pain spreading from jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating)
- High blood sugar (increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odour)
- Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
- Light-headed feeling like you might pass out
- Irregular heartbeats
- Severe warmth or redness under skin
- Vision problems
Do not take Niacin if you are allergic to vitamin B3 or any of the ingredients in the tablet. If you notice signs of an allergic reaction stop taking this vitamin and call your doctor immediately.
Niacin allergy symptoms may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
Avoid drinking alcohol or hot beverages shortly after taking your Niacin dose because it can cause an increase in side effects. These interactions should lessen or disappear as you continue to take this vitamin. Alcohol can also increase your risk of liver damage.
Avoid taking colestipol or cholestyramine at the same time as Niacin. If you take either medication, wait 4 or 6 hours before or after taking Niacin.
Some medications may interact with nicotinic acid; tell your doctor about all the medications you take, especially the following:
- Medicines to lower cholesterol or triglycerides
- Blood pressure medicine
- A blood thinner
Avoid foods high in fat or cholesterol or else niacin won’t be as effective at lowering bad cholesterol.
To ensure your safety when taking Niacin, tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any of the following:
- Severe liver disease
- Stomach ulcer
- Active bleeding
- Kidney problems
- Heart disease, chest pain
The effects of taking Niacin while pregnant are unknown. Consult with your doctor before taking this vitamin if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should avoid taking Niacin while breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
This vitamin is available in regular release tablet form.
Niacin tablet strength:
These 500mg Niacin tablets are available in quantities of 100.
Why does Niacin cause flushing?
Some may experience temporary flushing right after taking a dose of niacin. This occurs because of nicotinic acid which causes blood vessels to widen in your skin. Flushing may occur at the beginning of treatment or when increasing your niacin dose.
How long does Niacin stay in the human system?
Niacin should leave your system within 2 to 4 hours after your last dose. This vitamin is water-soluble, meaning it is absorbed into your body’s tissues and is not stored in the body. Thanks to this, Niacin has a short half-life of 20 to 45 minutes. Half-life means the amount of time it takes for a drug to decrease by half.
Regular Release Tablet