Compare Antara vs. Niaspan

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

Antara (fenofibrate)

Prescription only

Niaspan (Niacin)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides.

Antara (fenofibrate) is effective at lowering triglyceride and cholesterol levels, but may cause liver problems and muscle pain.

3.3/ 7 average rating with 56 reviewsforAntara
Lowers cholesterol.

Niaspan (Niacin) lowers triglycerides, but isn't as good as statins for improving cholesterol levels.

4.2/ 7 average rating with 380 reviewsforNiaspan
Upsides
  • Antara (fenofibrate) can reduce triglycerides by about 20-50%.
  • Although not as effective at lowering triglycerides, Antara (fenofibrate) can lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).
  • There is a less expensive generic version available.
  • You only need to take it once a day, with or without food.
  • 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
  • Not as effective as statins in lowering cholesterol levels. You shouldn't take Antara (fenofibrate) by itself to lower cholesterol.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly while taking Antara (fenofibrate) can increase your risk of liver damage.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of gallbladder, liver or kidney disease. Antara (fenofibrate) might not be the best choice to lower your triglyceride levels.
  • Antara (fenofibrate) can interact with other medications such as warfarin, colchicine, and sulfonylureas.
  • Antara (fenofibrate) was not shown to reduce rates of death in people with type 2 diabetes.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
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  • Pill
  • Extended release
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Reviews
56 
27%
think this treatment is worth it
14%
think this treatment works well
29%
think this treatment is a hassle

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380 
43%
think this treatment is worth it
31%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Abnormal liver function tests
    8%
  • Respiratory disorder
    6%
  • Stomach pain
    5%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Increased AST
    3%
  • Increased ALT
    3%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
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6possible side effects
  • Flushing
    68%
  • Itching
    8%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Rash
    5%
  • Cough increased
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Muscle pain

    Taking Antara (fenofibrate) with statins

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Liver damage

    History of liver disease

  • Gallstones

    History of gallstones

  • Increased bleeding risk

    Taking Antara (fenofibrate) with anticoagulants

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  • Muscle pain

    Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with statins

  • Liver damage

    Heavy alcohol use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • High blood sugar

    Diabetes

  • Low platelets

    Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with anticoagulants

  • Gout

    Gout

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