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Description

Manufactured by Abbott Laboratories Limited, Niaspan is a drug used in the treatment of dyslipidemia. This drug reduces LDL cholesterol as well as triglyceride and raises HDL cholesterol level. Niaspan slows the progression of hardening of the arteries in patients suffering from coronary artery disease and high cholesterol. This medicine is found effective in reducing the risk of heart attack in patients who have already suffered from a heart attack or have history of high cholesterol. Niaspan is recommended to be taken along with low-cholesterol diet and regular workout. It can be used alone or in combination with a bile acid sequestrant or a statin. This drug has got approval from the drug regulatory authorities of most of the countries.

Directions

Patients must use Niacin exactly as directed on the medication label or as prescribed by the doctor. The drug should not be used for longer period than recommended and the dosage should not be adjusted without the doctor consultation. Following usage instructions must be followed by the patients taking Niacin:

  • Niacin must be taken along with a glass full of cold water.
  • Do not crush, chew or break the tablet.
  • The drug should be regularly taken at bedtime along with a low-fat meal.
  • Niacin must be used in conjunction with low-fat diet and regular exercising.

Niacin Dosage

It is vital to follow the doctor’s prescribed dosage because they decide the dosage depending upon the patients age, health, medical condition for which they are being treated and severity of the problem. Patients for the first four weeks of the treatment are prescribed with 500 mg of dosage in a day. The drug dose after the fourth week can be increased to 1000 mg in a day. The drug is recommended to be taken regularly at bedtime after a low-fat snack. Niaspan is initiated with low dose to reduce the severity of side effects which may occur during the early treatment.

Missed and Overdose of Niaspan

The drugs are recommended to be taken according to the fixed schedule but there is possibility of missing a dose. If anyone has missed a dose of niacin, one can take the drug immediately upon remembering. One should skip the missed dose if the time for next dose has arrived. Taking the double dose of the drug is not recommended in any circumstances.

There is no harm of missed dose but overdose of Niacin can cause adverse reactions on health. In case of overdose patients must seek emergency medical attention or can even call to the local poison help centre for seeking advice. Some of the overdose symptoms include vomiting, dizziness, nausea, itching, flushing and stomach upset.

Storage

Niaspan must be stored at ideal room temperature i.e. 20°C to 25°C. The drug should be kept away from direct sunlight and heat to maintain its efficacy. It should also be kept away from children and pets. Expired and unused drug should be safely disposed.

Cautions

Patients prescribed with Niaspan must be aware of some precautions and warnings. This will allow them to safely administer the drug without any major health problems. Following warnings are usually associated with Niacin:

  • Niaspan tablet should be swallowed with a glass full of water.
  • The tablet should not be broken or crushed.
  • Niacin must be started with low dose and its dosage should be gradually increased.
  • Patients should regularly have their blood test done to monitor the functioning of the liver.
  • This medicine is not recommended for children and adolescents.
  • Niacin should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Before undergoing any type of surgery including dental, patients must let their doctor know that they are taking Niacin.
  • Patients taking Niaspan might be at risk of low phosphorous in their body.
Side Effects

Few of the side effects are likely to occur in some of the patients while administering Niacin. However, common side effects associated with the drug usually disappear after continual usage of the drug for some time. If any of these side effects persists or become bothersome, one should seek the medical attention immediately. Some of the common side effects reported with Niacin are as follows:

  • Cramps or muscle pain
  • Belching or gas
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating

Sometimes severe side effects can also be experienced by few patients. The chances of severe side effects are quite rare but still upon experiencing any of the severe side effects patients must immediately stop the medication and seek medical attention. Severe side effects associated with Niaspan include:

  • Unexplained muscle pain
  • Weakness or tenderness
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Liver Problems
  • Severe Stomach pain
  • Increased heart rate

Least severe side effects of Niaspan may include:

  • Temperate muscle pain
  • Diarrhea;
  • Mild sickness

Niaspan Drug Interactions

Niaspan is not recommended to be used in combination with certain medications. It is important for the patients to check with the doctor that combination of drugs that they are planning to take is safe or not. Following medications are known to interact with Niacin and cause adverse reactions:

  • Niaspan should not be used in combination with other nicotinic acid based drugs.
  • High blood pressure medicines
  • Diabetic drugs
  • Vitamin B supplements
  • Anti-blood clotting drugs like Warfarin
  • Nitrates like glyceryl trinitrate
  • Cholesterol lowering medicine like Statin

This drug should be cautiously used by the individuals if they are suffering from the following:

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Jaundice
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Heart attack
  • Gout
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