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Niacin extended-release is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), among other conditions. It should be used in combination with a regimen of exercise, weight loss, limited alcohol use, and a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats. Possible side effects include headache, heartburn, and flushing of the face and neck.
What Is Niacin Extended-Release?Niacin extended-release (Niaspan®) is a prescription medication that can be used to reduce triglyceride (a fat-like substance) and cholesterol levels in the body. Lowering the amount of these substances may help to prevent conditions such as heart disease, angina (chest pain), a stroke, or a heart attack. Niacin extended-release should be used in combination with diet and exercise.
- Flushing of the face and neck
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Generalized pain
- Runny nose
- Rash and itching.
- Muscle pain (see Niaspan and Muscle Pain)
- Serious breakdown of muscle (known as rhabdomyolysis)
- Insomnia (see Niaspan and Insomnia)
- Increased liver enzymes (see Niaspan and Liver Problems).