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Niaspan Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Niaspan is used, along with a low-fat, low cholesterol diet, to reduce blood cholesterol levels, and lower the chance of repeated heart attacks. Niaspan is also used to reduce very high levels of the blood fats known as triglycerides, a condition that may cause painful inflammation of the pancreas.

Niaspan Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is one 500-milligram tablet and you should be taken at bedtime.

Uses of Niaspan

  • Niaspan is used to reduce blood cholesterol levels.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Niaspan

Before taken Niaspan medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Niaspan. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Nasal inflammation
  • Pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting

Warnings and precautions before taking Niaspan:

  • If you are taking Niaspan, then it may cause problems if your liver is weak. You should tell your doctor if you have ever had liver disease or if you are or have ever been a heavy drinker.
  • Niaspan should be used with caution if you have diabetes, a heart condition, or problems with gout.
  • You should tell your doctor if you experience any dizziness while you are taking Niaspan.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Niaspan with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Niaspan with other drugs. There have been occasional cases of muscle damage when Niaspan is combined with a "statin" drug such as Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol, or Zocor. You should tell your doctor if you experience any muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially when starting either Niaspan or one of these drugs, or when increasing the dosage.


After taken Niaspan if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Niaspan overdose include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Faintness
  • Yellowish skin and eyes

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