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Dosing With Niacin Extended-Release

General Niacin Extended-Release Dosage Information

Some considerations for people taking niacin extended-release include:
 
  • Niacin extended-release should be used in combination with lifestyle modifications. These include a healthy diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats (see Low Cholesterol Diet), limited alcohol use, weight loss, and exercise.
     
  • Niacin extended-release should be taken at bedtime with a drink of water. It is recommended that you eat a low-fat snack before taking niacin extended-release to prevent an upset stomach.
     
  • Do not break, chew, or crush the niacin extended-release tablets.
     
  • Niacin extended-release may cause flushing (warmth and redness) of the face and neck. To reduce the severity of this side effect, take aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) 30 minutes before you take niacin extended-release. It is also important to avoid drinking alcohol or hot drinks around the time you take your niacin extended-release.
     
  • If you are taking a bile acid sequestrant, make sure to take your niacin extended-release more than one hour before the bile acid sequestrant or more than four hours after. Bile acid sequestrants include:
o Cholestyramine (Prevalite®, Questran®, Questran® Light, LoCholest®)
  • Niacin extended-release should be taken at the same time every day to help maintain an even level of medicine in the blood. Do not take it more often than directed.
     
  • If you forget to take a dose of niacin extended-release, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosing schedule. Never double your dose of niacin extended-release at one time.
     
  • For niacin extended-release to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. You should follow the specific dosing and titration schedule your healthcare provider recommends. Niacin extended-release will not work if you stop taking it.
     
  • If you have stopped taking niacin extended-release for a period of time, contact your healthcare provider before you start taking it again. Your dose will need to be slowly re-titrated again.
     
  • If you are switching from the immediate-release form of niacin to niacin extended-release (extended-release form), you will need to be started on a lower dose that will gradually be increased. Contact your healthcare provider before you switch to niacin extended-release and never substitute the two forms of the drug for one another.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to niacin extended-release or your niacin extended-release dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking niacin extended-release without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
     
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