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Chemical Name: Niacin Extended Release
NIASPAN (extended release niacin) is approved to prevent recurrent heart attacks in patients with high cholesterol, but has not been shown to prevent the development of heart disease.
NIASPAN is a prescription cholesterol medication, used along with diet and exercise, to significantly increase your HDL ("good") cholesterol while also lowering your LDL ("bad") cholesterol.
Taken once a day at bedtime, NIASPAN has been proven (average effect depends on dose) to: Increase HDL ("good") cholesterol by 10% to 26%, Reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol by 3% to 17%, Reduce triglycerides (TG) by 5% to 35%.
Niaspan Side Effects:
Flushing (warmth, redness, itching, and/or tingling of the skin) is the most common side effect. This sensation usually occurs when you start taking NIASPAN or when your NIASPAN dose is increased, and becomes less frequent over time. In most patients, flushing is mild to moderate. Some people may experience more severe and intense flushing. Additional symptoms may include rapid or pronounced heartbeat, shortness of breath, swelling, sweating, chills, dizziness, and in rare cases, fainting. Other common side effects may include headache, pain, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, itching, and rash. These are usually mild and tend to go away.
NIASPAN may cause an increase in blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, you should carefully check your blood sugar levels and report any changes to your doctor.
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