(Niacin Extended Release)
Niaspan extended release belongs to the family of medications known as lipid metabolism regulators. It is used to treat high cholesterol. It is also used to lower the risk of heart attack in people with high cholesterol who have already had a heart attack. This medication works by reducing LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides and increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol. This medication should be used in combination with an appropriate diet and exercise program to reduce cholesterol. It is not intended to be a substitute for healthy eating and exercise.
We currently have the brand from Canada and the generic Neasyn Sr from India. Niaspan comes in regular tablet and extended release tablet, available in three strengths of 500 mg, 750 mg, and 1000 mg. Generic Neasyn Sr comes in slow release tablet and 500 mg dosage only.
Niaspan Side Effects
Consult your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
• Fast, pounding, or uneven heart beats;
• Feeling like you might pass out;
• Feeling short of breath;
• Jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes);
• Muscle pain, tenderness or flu symptoms and dark colored urine;
Less serious side effects of niacin include:
• Joint pain;
• Severe headache;
• Signs of liver problems (e.g, yellow eyes, skin, abdominal pain, dark urine or pale stools, nausea,
You should not take Niaspan ER if you are allergic to niacin, or if you have severe liver disease, a stomach ulcer, or active bleeding. Avoid taking colestipol (colestid) or cholestyramine at the same time you take Niaspan ER. If you take either of these other medications, take them at least 4 – 6 hours before or after you take this medicine. Niaspan ER may be harmful to an unborn baby when the medication is taken at doses to treat high cholesterol or other conditions. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Niacin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. There may be an interaction between niacin extended release tablets and other medications such as alcohol, certain blood pressure medications, cholestyramine, colestipol, nitrates, warfarin, etc.
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