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Doctor insights on: Niacin Vs Niacinamide For Benefits

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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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What is the differance between niacinamide and flush-free niacin?

What is the differance between niacinamide and flush-free niacin?

Good question.: The niacinamide form of Niacin is a b vitamin (it's in your cereal) which does not lower cholesterol like the nicotinic acid form of niacin. Since nicotinic acid causes flushing, makers have tried changing the formulation so it's "flush-free" but will still lower cholesterol. The active ingredient of your cholesterol-lowering Niacin preparation should always be nicotinic acid. ...Read more

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What is best to take to lower cholesterol? Niacin, niacinamide, no-flush product? And how much?

What is best to take to lower cholesterol? Niacin, niacinamide, no-flush product? And how much?

Niacin is best: No-flush Niacin can either refer to a slow release preparation or inositol. Slow release preparations are better tolerated than immediate release products, but the lipid lowering effects are somewhat less potent than immediate or extended release niacin. For comparable efficacy a higher dose of slow release is usually needed. Inositol and niacinamide not improve lipids and should be avoided. ...Read more

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Could you please tell if and how NIACIN (or NIACINAMIDE) deficiency play any role in synthesis of TETRAHYDROBIOPTERIN? Thank you.

Could you please tell if and how NIACIN (or NIACINAMIDE) deficiency play any role in synthesis of TETRAHYDROBIOPTERIN? Thank you.

Reduce synthesis: Niacin deficiency would be expected to reduce synthesis as Niacin is needed to produce NADP and NADP is a co-factor in converting Dihydrobiopterin into Tetrahydrobiopterin, which is needed to synthesize serotonin, dopamine, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine and nitric oxide and to metabolize phenylalanine.
Fortunately supplemental niacin and niacineamide are affordable and readily available. ...Read more

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Which one is better for heart: niacinamide (nicotinamide) or niacin (nicotinic acid)?

Which one is better for heart: niacinamide (nicotinamide) or niacin (nicotinic acid)?

Niacin: Niacin in general is coming under increased scrutiny these days following the aim-high trial. It is seldom used as mono therapy so please discuss its role in your lipid treatment with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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What is a good multivitamin without niacin or niacinimide?

What is a good multivitamin without niacin or niacinimide?

Not sure if any...: Not sure if any of the common multivitamins don't have Niacin (vitamin b3). That is a typical ingredient in multivitamins. So, to avoid niacin, one would have to buy vitamins separately, not as a typical multivitamin. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vitamin b3 niacin?

What is the definition or description of: vitamin b3 niacin?

Essential Vitamin: Vitamin b3, also known as Niacin or nicotinic acid, is necessary to maintain health. Niacin is involved in dna repair, production of steroid hormones in the adrenal gland, and is a precursor to nadh and nadph that play vital roles in sustaining cell health. Severe deficiency of Niacin in the diet causes the disease pellagra, which is characterized by diarrhea, dermatitis, and dementia. ...Read more

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How much vitamin b3 niacin should I take each day?

Depends: Your cholesterol levels will determine how much you need. Your doctor will usually start you out at the lowest dose and work his way up based on tolerance and responnse to therapy. ...Read more

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What benefit does niaspan/enduracin have on lpa? Halted aim trial convinced me that niacin to increase HDL has no benefit.

What benefit does niaspan/enduracin have on lpa? Halted aim trial convinced me that niacin to increase HDL has no benefit.

AIM-HIGH: Niacian increases HDL and lowers lpa. The aim-high results can be interpreted in several ways: perhaps Niacin is no good as a preventive agent; perhaps raising levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (hdl-c) is flawed as a preventive strategy; perhaps aim-high had methodologic flaws; or statins are so good that, once you prescribe one, anything else you do will not make much of a difference. ...Read more

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Any benefit of vitamin b1 (thiamine) and b3 (niacin) for anxiety?

Any benefit of vitamin b1 (thiamine) and b3 (niacin) for anxiety?

PubMed says "no": My search in pubmed (for the docs, mesh searches crossing both "niacin" and "thiamine" with "anxiety") turned up no studies on this whatsoever. Perhaps there is some literature on this outside of the pubmed database (?). If so, I've never heard of it. In general, supra-physiological doses of vitamins are usually either a waste of money or in some cases harmful. ...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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Will niacin help you pass your drug test?

?: The Niacin that you take when you don't take drugs. ...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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Will niacin flush free clean out my system for thc?

NO: Only time will help clear thc. It can take uo to 1 month for thc to clear. ...Read more

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