Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Niaspan

(niacin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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4.23Niaspan

Lowers cholesterol.

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Our bottom line

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

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Upsides

  • 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).
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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

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.

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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release

What to expect when you take Niaspan (niacin) for High cholesterol

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Side effect rates for Niaspan (niacin)

244 From clinical trials of Niaspan / High cholesterol (500 mg/day)
  • Flushing
  • Itching
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Cough increased

Risks and Warnings for Niaspan (niacin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with statins

    People taking Niaspan (Niacin) who are also using a statin medicine have reported muscle pain. This is very rare, but can lead to muscle and kidney damage. Talk to your doctor if you develop sudden unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or fever.

Common concerns from people taking Niaspan (niacin)

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Pregnancy
Interactions
  • 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
  • Don't have alcohol, spicy foods, or hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
Food
  • You need to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
Pain
  • It can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.