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Niaspan

Niacin (AKA: Vitamin B3, Inositol Hexaniacinate, Niacinamide, Nicotinamide, Nicotinic Acid)

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3.2  Effectiveness
6.5  Side Effects
3.6  Holistic Benefits

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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Niaspan, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 4.2% 8.3% 81.2% 6.2% 0%
Balance/Equilibrium 2.2% 6.5% 65.2% 23.9% 2.2%
Blood Pressure 2.2% 13% 73.9% 8.7% 2.2%
Breathing 2.1% 6.4% 76.6% 14.9% 0%
Confidence 2.2% 2.2% 82.6% 10.9% 2.2%
Coordination/Motor Skills 2.2% 2.2% 69.6% 26.1% 0%
Digestion 3.9% 9.8% 72.5% 5.9% 7.8%
Emotional Well-being 2.1% 12.5% 66.7% 16.7% 2.1%
Energy 4.2% 14.6% 54.2% 22.9% 4.2%
Eyesight 0% 6.5% 78.3% 15.2% 0%
Memory 2.1% 6.4% 70.2% 17% 4.3%
Mental Clarity 2.1% 6.4% 76.6% 10.6% 4.3%
Pain 4.3% 8.5% 53.2% 23.4% 10.6%
Patience 4.2% 6.2% 68.8% 16.7% 4.2%
Sexual Health 2.2% 4.3% 73.9% 17.4% 2.2%
Skin Complexion 0% 2.2% 84.8% 10.9% 2.2%
Sleep 2.1% 8.5% 59.6% 17% 12.8%
Stress Level 2.1% 6.4% 66% 21.3% 4.3%
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Commonly Reported Niaspan Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Cold Symptoms 88.9% 3.7% 7.4% 0% 0%
Headache 54.5% 22.7% 9.1% 11.4% 2.3%
Skin Rash 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Gas 69% 9.5% 9.5% 7.1% 4.8%
Fatigue 54.3% 10.9% 17.4% 15.2% 2.2%
Depression 72.4% 17.2% 6.9% 3.4% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 88.9% 0% 3.7% 3.7% 3.7%
Asthma 0% 0% 50% 0% 50%
Muscle / Joint Pain 50% 12.5% 15% 12.5% 10%
Mood Swings 77.8% 3.7% 18.5% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 70.4% 7.4% 18.5% 3.7% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 77.8% 7.4% 11.1% 3.7% 0%
Vomiting 94.7% 0% 2.6% 2.6% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 69% 17.2% 10.3% 3.4% 0%
Stomach Ache 85.2% 3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 3.7%
Confusion 85.2% 7.4% 3.7% 3.7% 0%
Constipation 78.9% 5.3% 15.8% 0% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 69% 10.3% 10.3% 3.4% 6.9%
Hot Flashes / Flushing 18% 20% 24% 32% 6%
Anxiety 66.7% 7.4% 7.4% 18.5% 0%
Drowsiness 73.3% 11.1% 6.7% 8.9% 0%
Nausea 63.6% 22.7% 0% 9.1% 4.5%
Dizziness 62.5% 16.7% 12.5% 2.1% 6.2%
Sweating 0% 0% 50% 50% 0%
Muscle Fatigue 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Abdominal Pain 80% 13.3% 0% 6.7% 0%
Insomnia 71.1% 15.6% 4.4% 4.4% 4.4%
Allergic Reaction 68.2% 11.4% 9.1% 4.5% 6.8%
Bloating 73.3% 13.3% 13.3% 0% 0%
Muscle Cramping 63% 3.7% 18.5% 7.4% 7.4%
Diarrhea 71.7% 13% 6.5% 4.3% 4.3%
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Less Commonly Reported Niaspan Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Discolored Urine 92.3% 2.6% 0% 5.1% 0%
Rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle fibers) 84.2% 2.6% 5.3% 2.6% 5.3%
Stuffy Nose 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Reduced Libido 77.8% 0% 0% 22.2% 0%
Swelling around the Eyes 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Rapid Heartbeat 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Chills 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Cough 0% 50% 0% 0% 50%
Change in Weight 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Elevated Blood Sugar 82.1% 10.3% 5.1% 2.6% 0%
Heartburn 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Concentration / Focus Problems 73.3% 6.7% 6.7% 13.3% 0%
Swelling 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Loss of Taste 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Swelling of Extremities 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Hair Growth 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Muscle / Joint Pain 0% 66.7% 33.3% 0% 0%
Nerve Pain / Damage 76.3% 10.5% 5.3% 2.6% 5.3%
Itching 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 80% 7.5% 5% 5% 2.5%
Diabetes 94.6% 2.7% 0% 2.7% 0%
Leg and/or Foot Cramping 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Niaspan
Since taking Niaspan Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Blindness 0.6%
Fall 3%
Hospitalization 1.2%
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18 Jun 2012 Took Niaspan for 3 days. Third day I was awakened with flushing so severe that it felt like I was cooking in a pot of boiling water. My skin looked like I had severe sunburn. After flushing subsided, about 15 minutes, went to bathroom because of diahrria. Washing hands in sink and the next thing I knew I woke up confused on the floor of the bathroom wedged between the toilet and the vanity in a pool of water from the sink overflowing(no overflow drain in this sink in case you are wondering.) My daughter drove me to the ER where they did a brain scan and checked my heart and they were negative. ER doctor said he had a similar reaction but with only 1 pill. He could not get off the bathroom floor without help for his wife. So now I have 97 useless pills at about $3 a pill left. Aspirin is supposed to help with the flushing but I get hives from aspirin.
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29 Mar 2012 Thought I was having a heart attack! Went to ER, turned out to be severe esophageal spasms. Have had heart attack before and had stent placement, so believe me I know the symptoms of a heart attack and these symptoms felt just like it. Thank goodness it was the Niaspan, my Dr. decided we will try another treatment. My hdl numbers are not that low so I will try more exercise and maybe not have to take anything!
   —Posted by Dee
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11 Dec 2011 PSA is rising. Read that Niaspan can raise male hormone. Is this true and does male hormone raise PSA level? PSA has been at about .3 to .4 for the last 7 years or so. The last reading was at .96. This was after using Niaspan for last half year or so.
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14 Sep 2011 Have high triglcerides(sp) and it only lowered them slightly.
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14 Aug 2011 I currently have been suffering from strong gas, dirreahea, and vommitting. I also suffered from transient global amnesia.
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