There are possibilities for Niaspan ER medicine to cause various side effects like flushing (itching, warmth, redness of the skin). The effects can be worsened if you take a hot beverage or alcohol after taking Niaspan ER. These side effects should vanish with the passing of time while taking Niaspan ER medicine.
How Effective is Niaspan ER?
Niaspan ER or Niaspan extended release, functions by reducing LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and subsequently adding the HDL cholesterol. Niaspan ER medicine has niacin (nicotinic acid) which is a Vitamin B (B3). It naturally occurs in animals and plants which is available in several vitamin supplements.
Niaspan ER medicine is effectively used in the reducing of triglycerides and cholesterol (forms of fat) in the bloodstream. Niaspan ER helps reduce the risk of heart attack among those diagnosed with high levels of cholesterol. In other events it is used to effectively treat arteriosclerosis.
Do not take Niaspan ER if you are allergic to it or if you have stomach ulcers, active bleeding, or liver disease.
After taking Niaspan ER meditation, get up slowly from lying or sitting position. To prevent falling down from the action, take a good rest.
While taking Niaspan ER, make a point of avoiding cholestyramine (locholest, Questran, prevalite) or colestipol (colestid) during the same period. If you have to take any other medications, you must have an interval of over 4 to 6 hours.
Niaspan ER is a complimentary part of treatment which includes diet, weight control, and exercise among other medications. Stick to the diet, medication and the exercise routines closely
Before Taking Niaspan ER
You should not take Niaspan ER medicine if you are allergic to this medicine or if you suffer from ulcers, liver disease, actively bleeding, experience or are allergic to it.
In order to make Niaspan ER medicine safe for you, you must tell your doctor if you have any of these following medical conditions.
- Liver or kidney complications.
- Stomach ulcers.
- A muscular disorder.
- Heart complications or chest pains.
FDA Pregnancy Category C- Niaspan ER medication can harm the baby if the doses are taken with the intention of treating high cholesterol among other conditions. Inform your doctor if you are planning on becoming pregnant or pregnant at the time of treatment. Niaspan ER can transfer into the breast and therefore cause harm to the baby. Avoid using Niaspan ER medication without informing the doctor of pregnancy or breast-feeding.
What are the Side Effects of Niaspan ER?
Call for assistance immediately if you experience any of these allergic reactions to Niaspan ER: breathing difficult; hives, swelling of the face, lips or the throat.
If you experience any of these following severe side effects of Niaspan ER, inform your doctor:
- Feeling of passing out.
- Fast, pounding or irregular heart beats.
- Breath shortness.
- Muscle pain, weakness or tenderness with fever.
In case you are diabetic, you must inform your doctor about blood sugar levels changes.
The general side effects of Niaspan ER include:
- Mild dizziness.
- Itchy or redness of the skin.
- Nausea, diarrhea, gas.
- Muscle pain, cramps of the leg.
Other Medicines That Can Interact with Niaspan ER are:
Inform your doctor of the other cholesterol reducing medicine that you are taking side by side with Niaspan ER mainly these include; simvastatin (Vytorin, Zocor, Juvisync, Simcor), lovastatin (Advicor, Altoprev, Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol) or atorvastatin (fluvastatin (Lescol), Lipitor, Caduet)
If you are taking any of these following medicines along with Niaspan ER, you must inform your doctor to make this medicine safe for you.
Blood Thinners: Blood thinning drug like warfarin (Jantoven, Coumadin);
Niacin: Multivitamins that contains niacin;
B.P Medications: Hypertension or heart related medications like amlodipine (Amturnide, Twynsta, Tribenzor, Tekamlo, Lotrel, Exforge, Caduet, and Norvasc), diltiazem (Tiazac, Taztia, Diltzac, Diltia, Dilacor, Cartia, Cardizem), felodipine (Plendil), nimodipine (Nimotop), nicardipine (Cardene), verapamil (Isoptin, Calan, Verelan, Covera), nisoldipine (Sular) or nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia).
Heart Medicines: Heart drugs like prazosin (Minipress), isosorbide (Sorbitrate, Monoket, Isordil, Imdur, Dilatrate), terazosin (Hytrin), nitroglycerin (Nitrostat, Nitro-Dur, Nitro-Bid), doxazosin (Cardura).