Niaspan and Weight Gain
Weight gain is not a known Niaspan side effect. However, if you are taking Niaspan and weight gain does become a problem, you can help combat it with diet and exercise. Also, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about other suggestions for dealing with weight gain.
Niaspan and Weight Gain: An OverviewWhile weight gain can be a side effect of some other cholesterol medications, it is not a known side effect of Niaspan® (niacin extended-release).
If you are noticing a weight gain with Niaspan, there are some things that you can do. Some suggestions include:
- Eating a low-cholesterol diet. This diet should include:
o Lots of in fruits, vegetables, grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milkproductso Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nutso Limiting foods with saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium (salt), andadded sugars.
- Getting regular exercise for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.
- Limiting your intake of alcohol.
(Click BMI Calculator to see if your weight is within a healthy range.)
Also, if you are noticing a weight gain with Niaspan, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can give you other suggestions for dealing with any weight gain.