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Niacin Information

Niacin Benefits & Uses

Niacin is used to treat the following -

Niacin Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

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Ingredients of Niacin


Niacin Side Effects

Based on research, the following side effects have been observed when Niacin is used -

  1. Blurred vision
  2. Diarrhoea
  3. Flushing
  4. Gastric Irritation
  5. Headache Mild
  6. Flatulence Mild

Niacin Related Warnings

Is the use of Niacin safe for pregnant women?

Niacin can cause unwanted effects on pregnant women. If you experience any such side effects, stop taking Niacin right away. Take your doctor's advice before taking it again.


Is the use of Niacin safe during breastfeeding?

Niacin does not cause any harmful effects during breastfeeding.


What is the effect of Niacin on the Kidneys?

Niacin is completely safe for kidney.


What is the effect of Niacin on the Liver?

Niacin may have mild side effects on the liver. Most people will never see any effect on the liver.


What is the effect of Niacin on the Heart?

Very few cases of side effects of Niacin on heart have been reported.


Severe Interaction of Niacin with Other Drugs

Niacin should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Niacin Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Niacin unless your doctor advises you to do so -

  1. Liver Disease
  2. Peptic Ulcer
  3. Gout
  4. Glaucoma
  5. Diabetes

Frequently asked Questions about Niacin

Is this Niacin habit forming or addictive?

No, you do not get addicted to Niacin.


Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

Yes, you can operate a vehicle or heavy machinery after taking Niacin since it does not cause drowsiness.


Is it safe?

Yes, Niacin does not show any kind of adverse effect.


Is it able to treat mental disorders?

There is no benefit of taking Niacin for mental disorders.


Niacin Interactions with Food and Alcohol

Interaction between Food and Niacin

You can take Niacin with food.


Interaction between Alcohol and Niacin

Consuming Niacin with alcohol can have many serious effects on your body.

This medicine data has been created by -
Md Saadullah
M.Pharma, Pharmacy
3 Years of Experience
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Vikas Chauhan
B.Pharma, Pharmacy
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