Compare Antara vs. Niaspan

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Antara
(fenofibrate)

Niaspan
(niacin)

Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.Lowers cholesterol. Niaspan (Niacin) lowers triglycerides, but isn't as good as statins for improving cholesterol levels.
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3.3Antara
Reviews for Antara (fenofibrate)
27%
of people (All ages) say Antara (fenofibrate) is worth it
14%
say it works well
29%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Niaspan (niacin)
43%
+16% better vs. Antara (fenofibrate)
31%
+17% better vs. Antara (fenofibrate)
19%
+10% better vs. Antara (fenofibrate)
380 reviews
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Side effects
AntaraNiaspan
  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased alt 1%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Constipation 1%
More Antara side effects »
  • Flushing 49%
  • Itching 6%
  • Rash 5%
More Niaspan side effects »
How it works
AntaraNiaspan
Antara (Fenofibrate) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).Niaspan (Niacin) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to lower the amount of "bad" cholesterol (LDL) made by the liver.
Type of medication
AntaraNiaspan
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
AntaraNiaspan
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
AntaraNiaspan
Risk factors for serious side effects
AntaraNiaspan
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
    • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
            Detailed Antara (fenofibrate) risks & warnings »
            • Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with statins
            • Heavy alcohol use
            • Past history of liver disease
            • Diabetes
            • Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with anticoagulants
            • Gout
            Detailed Niaspan (niacin) risks & warnings »
            Pregnancy

            Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

            Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

            Interactions
            AntaraNiaspan
            No interactions related info.
            • Niaspan (Niacin) can interact with blood thinners and make you more likely to bleed. Your doctor may have you do regular blood tests and change your medication doses.
            Alcohol
            AntaraNiaspan
            • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
            • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
            • Don't have alcohol, spicy foods, or hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
            Food
            AntaraNiaspan
            No food related info.
            • You need to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
            • Don't have alcohol, spicy foods, or hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
            • Niaspan (Niacin) can interact with blood thinners and make you more likely to bleed. Your doctor may have you do regular blood tests and change your medication doses.
            Kidneys and liver
            AntaraNiaspan
            • Reports of liver damage have been reported in people who take Antara (Fenofibrate), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
            No kidneys and liver related info.
            Pain
            AntaraNiaspan
            No pain related info.
            • It can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.
            Upsides and benefits
            AntaraNiaspan
            • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
            • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
            • Good for lowering triglycerides (fats).
            Downsides and risks
            AntaraNiaspan
            • In studies, it didn't lower heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.
            • According to new guidelines, you shouldn't take this medicine by itself to lower cholesterol.
            • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
            • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
            • By itself, Niaspan (Niacin) isn't as effective as statins for improving cholesterol levels.
            • It can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.
            • You need to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
            • If you miss doses often, you may need to re-start taking the medicine more regularly at a lower dose.
            Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
            AntaraNiaspan
            • Lowers triglycerides.
            • Can cause backache or headache.
            • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
            • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
            • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 6 hours after.
            • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
            • Take Niaspan (Niacin) at bedtime with a low-fat snack.
            • Don't have alcohol, spicy foods, or hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
            • Can cause make your skin feel hot and change color. Your doctor may tell you to take an aspirin 30 minutes before you take Niaspan (Niacin) to reduce the flushing.
            • Call your doctor if you feel unexplained muscle pain.
            • Niaspan (Niacin) works differently from other medicines you can buy over-the-counter. Don't switch it with other medicines unless your doctor agrees.
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