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The prescription drug Niaspan can be used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in people with high levels. This medication can also lower the chances of another heart attack in people with a history of heart attack and high cholesterol. Niaspan comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day. Possible side effects include diarrhea, headache, and flushing of the face and neck.

What Is Niaspan?

Niaspan® (niacin extended-release) 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. The medication should be used in combination with diet and exercise.

Who Makes It?

Niaspan is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories.

What Is Niaspan Used For?

This medication has been licensed for several uses, including:
(Click Niaspan Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
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