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    Nicotinic acid / Niacin

    Information about Nicotinic acid / Niacin

    Nicotinic acid / niacin uses

    Nicotinic acid / Niacin is used in the treatment of high triglycerides.

    How nicotinic acid / niacin works

    Nicotinic acid / Niacin stimulates the formation of enzymes for triglyceride metabolism thereby reducing the levels of triglyceride and cholesterol in the body.

    Common side effects of nicotinic acid / niacin

    Itching, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Erythema, Tingling
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    Expert advice for Nicotinic acid / Niacin

    • It is best known to increase "good" cholesterol (HDL). This helps prevent heart attack and stroke.
    • It is better to take with food to avoid an upset stomach.
    • Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, hot beverages or hot baths right before you take Nicotinic acid / Niacin.
    • You may feel hot and your skin colour may change after taking Nicotinic acid / Niacin. Your doctor may tell you to take an aspirin 30 minutes before you take Nicotinic acid / Niacin to reduce this effect.
    • Notify your doctor if you have unexplained muscle pain.

    Frequently asked questions for Nicotinic acid / Niacin

    Nicotinic acid / Niacin

    Q. Does Nicotinic acid / Niacin increase blood pressure?

    No, Nicotinic acid / Niacin does not increase blood pressure. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use

    Q. Is Nicotinic acid / Niacin blood thinner?

    Nicotinic acid / Niacin may make blood thinner

    Q. Does Nicotinic acid / Niacin burn fat or help lose weight?

    Nicotinic acid / Niacin reduces the levels of bad cholesterol. It may or may not burn fat or help lose weight. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its us

    Q. Can I take niacin with statins like Lipitor (atorvastatin)/Crestor (rosuvastatin)/simvastatin?

    Yes, Niacin can be taken with statins like Lipitor (atorvastatin)/ Crestor (rosuvastatin)/ simvastatin, only if you are NOT taking high dosages of niacin for the treatment of high cholesterol. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use

    Q. Can I take Nicotinic acid / Niacin with Adderall (amphetamine / dextroamphetamine)?

    Yes, you can take Nicotinic acid / Niacin with Adderall (amphetamine / dextroamphetamine. Please consult your doctor prior to its use

    Q. Can I take niacin with melatonin?

    Yes, you can take niacin with melatonin. Please consult your doctor prior to its use

    Q. Can I take Nicotinic acid / Niacin with blood pressure medicines?

    You may or may not take blood pressure medicines with Nicotinic acid / Niacin. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.

    Content on this page was last updated on 23 January, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)