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Does niacin help treat depression?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jana Tomsky
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: NO
Nicotinic acid or Niacin is not intended to treat depression and has not been approved in this condition.
Niacin is used for treatment of "dyslipidemis or imbalance of cholesterol - it increased "good" HDL cholesterol. It should not be taken without medical consult due to possible liver toxicity.

In brief: NO
Nicotinic acid or Niacin is not intended to treat depression and has not been approved in this condition.
Niacin is used for treatment of "dyslipidemis or imbalance of cholesterol - it increased "good" HDL cholesterol. It should not be taken without medical consult due to possible liver toxicity.
Dr. Jana Tomsky
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Dr. Randy Baker
With all due respect, I do not know how anyone can know what a naturally occurring vitamin like niacin is "intended to treat" and the fact that it "has not been approved" for depression is meaningless- as a general rule, vitamins are not prescription drugs and therefore are not approved for specific indications. Niacin is not a magic cure for depression but can be very helpful for many who suffer from depression.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: For many but not all
There are many different causes of depression & no single treatment helps everyone, but many who suffer from depression have found it to be very helpful.
More research is needed but it is safe to try. Due to the flush it should be started in low doses & gradually increased. It can also help anxiety and even some cases of schizophrenia. See www.Squidoo.Com/niacin-another-weapon-against-depression.

In brief: For many but not all
There are many different causes of depression & no single treatment helps everyone, but many who suffer from depression have found it to be very helpful.
More research is needed but it is safe to try. Due to the flush it should be started in low doses & gradually increased. It can also help anxiety and even some cases of schizophrenia. See www.Squidoo.Com/niacin-another-weapon-against-depression.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
Thank you Dr. Alan Ali,MD for your answer about role of Niacin in Depression.
Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: Only if Deficient
Niacin has been discussed as a potentially helpful treatment for depression.
My understanding is that it is not usually of significant benefit for moderate to severe depression. You are most likely to get benefit from Niacin if you are dealing with nutritional deficits.

In brief: Only if Deficient
Niacin has been discussed as a potentially helpful treatment for depression.
My understanding is that it is not usually of significant benefit for moderate to severe depression. You are most likely to get benefit from Niacin if you are dealing with nutritional deficits.
Dr. William Holmes
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