Niacin Vitamin Information
Niacin is another name for vitamin B3. People take niacin supplements for many reasons, although the most common use is the treatment of high cholesterol. Niacin comes in many different forms, such as immediate-release, slow-release, controlled-release, and extended-release products, and is available both by prescription and over-the-counter (OTC).
You may be more likely than others to experience problems with niacin if you have:
If you have any of these conditions, make sure your healthcare provider has this information before you start taking niacin. Many people stop taking niacin due to intolerable side effects, such as flushing of the face and trunk, but steps can be taken to minimize these reactions.
(For more information on this vitamin, including how it is thought to work, click Niacin.)