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Blood red, painful, burning, skin.Blurry eye sight, vomiting, extreme head ache.Are these severe symptoms of a reaction from niacin?How long will it last?

Blood red, painful, burning, skin.Blurry eye sight, vomiting, extreme head ache.Are these severe symptoms of a reaction from niacin?How long will it last?

Possibly: Niacin commonly causes flushing (hot feeling, red skin, tingling) and headaches after taking, particularly doses greater than 1000 mg. The best thing to do is stop taking it for a couple days to see if the symptoms go away. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Husband experiencing extreme itching taking niaspan (niacin). Anything else he can take?

Husband experiencing extreme itching taking niaspan (niacin).  Anything else he can take?

Niaspan (niacin): Niacin causes this reaction. To make it not occur you need to take a full dose aspirin, or an Ibuprofen 1/2 hour before you take the niaspan (niacin). You should take it at bed time and also eat a low fat snack with it. Avoid alcohol of spicy foods before taking it. This should prevent the reaction. ...Read more

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What is niaspan (niacin) prescribed for?

What is niaspan (niacin) prescribed for?

Niacin.: Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and converting your LDL to a less harmful subtype. As a negative, Niacin can cause facial flushing and redness so get the flush free variety. And have your liver enzyme values monitored, as they can be affected by Niacin use. NiaSpan (niacin) is prescription Niacin ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of taking niacin?

What are the pros and cons of taking niacin?

Pros:: May lower your triglycerides and/or raise your HDL. Cons: side effects including flossing/heat sensation. Limited to no data on improving outcomes. (may make your labs look better on paper, but not reduce your risk on MI or stroke) ...Read more

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What're the dangers of taking niaspan (niacin)?

Hard to say: Many people get flushing, which is a minor side effect. Some people get an increase in HDL (good cholesterol) but the value of this change with Niacin has recently been challenged by the aim-high study. ...Read more

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Niacin and cholesterol?

Niacin and cholesterol?

Stick with Rx. Forms: Niacin, a b vitamin, in high doses (1-2) grams a day has a positive impact on the lipid profile. Early studies done with Niacin in men with heart disease showed no mortality benefit but secondary outcomes reduced recurrent mi. It has been shown to reduce plaque buildup when combined with bile acid binding resins. Recent studies in well treated patients have been neutral, with side effect concerns. ...Read more

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Does niacin help you grow taller?

Not really: This vitamin has value in your overall health, but supplements would not add height to anyone. ...Read more

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Can niacin pills remove THC from body?

Can niacin pills remove THC from body?

No: They will make you flush, but they don;t remove anything from the body, let alone thc. If you are being tested, and you continue to smoke marijuana, then you need to recognize that it is causing you problems and you have a drug abuse issue. Get help stopping if you need it. ...Read more

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Does slo niacin help with menier's disease?

No: Niacin is not considered to be a standard treatment for meniere's. However, there are some patients that report improvement. ...Read more

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Does none flsh niacin flush sytem from thc?

Huh? : You seem to ask if Niacin clears delta-9-tetrahydocannibinol (thc, a marijuana molecule) from the blood. This is probably an urban myth. Not to my knowledge. ...Read more

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Can niacin really help children grow taller?

Maybe: If they have a Niacin deficiency from poor diet, it could allow a kid to reach their potential height.It will not push a kid past where they would grow normally with a balanced diet. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of niaspan (niacin)?

Some side effects: All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.Diarrhea; dizziness; headache; heartburn; increased cough, indigestion, or upset stomach; nausea; temporary skin redness, itching, tingling, or feelings of warmth (flushing); vomiting. ...Read more

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What are the risks of taking niaspan (niacin)?

A few risks to note: can cause sugars to go up, flushing, high enough doses can affect the liver(especially when added to a statin), limited data on benefit. In other words the total cholesterol and the LDLs should be the focus of treatment. No mortality reductions with niaspan (niacin) or the fibrate group of drugs. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does niacin do for your body?

Niacin: It is vitamin b3- very essential for human body. Deficuiency causes pellagra. For more details refer to the following website: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/niacin. ...Read more

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Is the niacin considered as an essential nutrient?

Is the niacin considered as an essential nutrient?

Yes: Niacin, also known as vitamin b3, is a nutrient required by the body that cannot be produced in volumes sufficient for healthy functioning and so must be supplemented through the diet. Thus, it is considered an essential nutrient. ...Read more

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Does none flush niacin help clear THC from system?

No: It helps to increase good cholesterol HDL so do aerobic exercise and eating more vegetables. ...Read more

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What is difference between niacin and niacinamide?

What is difference between niacin and niacinamide?

Lipid effect, flush: Niacin is a b vitamin that is often used to treat lipid (cholesterol and triglyceride) disorders. Nicotinamide is another vitamin in the vitamin b group. Although Niacin and nicotinamide are identical in their vitamin activity, nicotinamide has no significant cholesterol or triglyceride effects. Also, nicotinamide does not cause skin flushihg that can be a limitation to use of niacin. ...Read more

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