Compare Niaspan vs. Omega 3 Acid
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Niaspan (Niacin) lowers triglycerides, but isn't as good as statins for improving cholesterol levels.
Omega-3 Acid is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but some people can't take it due to allergies.
- 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).
- Lowers triglycerides (fats) when combined with exercise and a low cholesterol diet.
- In studies, Omega-3 Acid has lowered the risk of stroke and heart attack leading to death, especially in people with high cholesterol or high triglycerides.
- 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.
- You can't take it if you're allergic to fish or shellfish.
- You have to take it with food.
- Extended release
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- Cough increased3%
- Taste perversion4%
- Muscle pain
Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with statins
- Liver damage
Heavy alcohol use
...and 1 more risk factors
- High blood sugar
- Low platelets
Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with anticoagulants
- Allergic reactions
Allergy to fish or shellfish
- Heart flutter