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Niaspan

(Niacin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
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Lowers cholesterol.

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Our bottom line

niacin is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.

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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.
  • Lowers the risk of a second heart attack.
  • Good for lowering triglycerides (fats).
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Downsides

  • By itself, niacin is not as effective as statins for improving cholesterol.
  • Can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.
  • You have to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • If you don't take it regularly, you might have to re-start the medicine at a lower dose.
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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 on Niaspan (Niacin) while taking statins have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain or weakness or fever and you don't know why.

Common concerns from people taking Niaspan (Niacin)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
Food
  • You have to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • Take it at bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and hot beverages right before you take this medicine.
Pain
  • Can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.