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Dosing Information

The dose that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The particular niacin product
  • How you respond to the drug
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Niacin Dosage for more information.)

Potential Side Effects

As with any medicine, niacin can cause side effects. The usefulness of niacin is usually limited by its bothersome (and sometimes dangerous) side effects. Many people stop taking the drug due to intolerable side effects. However, steps can be taken to minimize the side effects and to help you stay on niacin (and to reach a dose that is high enough to be effective).
Common side effects of niacin include, but are not limited to:
(Click Niacin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions With Niacin

This vitamin can potentially interact with several other medicines (see Niacin Drug Interactions).
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