Niaspan® (niacin extended-release) is a medication that can be used in combination with diet and exercise to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides. It can also slow the progression of atherosclerosis (narrowing or hardening of the arteries) when combined with a bile acid sequestrant and decrease the chances of another heart attack in people with a history of both a heart attack and high cholesterol.
Niaspan comes in tablet form and is taken once a day. It is sold in three strengths. By increasing the activity of an enzyme that breaks down triglyceride-rich particles and increases their removal from the body, this product can increase HDL ("good cholesterol") and decrease total cholesterol, LDL ("bad cholesterol"), and triglycerides.
Some of the most common side effects of Niaspan include:
- Flushing of the face and neck
- Nausea and vomiting.
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