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U.S. Brand Names
Niacin-Time®; Niacor®; Niaspan®; Slo-Niacin® [OTC]
Canadian Brand Names
Mexican Brand Names
Antilipemic Agent, Miscellaneous; Vitamin, Water Soluble
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to niacin, niacinamide, or any other part of this medicine.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
• If you have any of the following conditions: Liver disease or ulcer disease.
How does it work?
• Niacin reduces cholesterol production.
• It is a dietary supplement.
How is it best taken?
• Take this medicine with food.
• Take this medicine at bedtime if you are taking once a day.
• Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
• Avoid hot drinks around the time of administration.
• Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
• If you are diabetic, you will need to monitor blood sugars closely.
• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store at room temperature.
• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
Created: 2005-04-07 17:03:23.0
Modified: 2010-03-09 08:29:02.0
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