Are There Alternatives?

Lowering triglyceride and cholesterol levels should begin with lifestyle modifications. This includes a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats (see Low Cholesterol Diet), limited alcohol use, weight loss, and exercise. If lifestyle changes alone do not lower triglyceride or cholesterol levels to a desirable level, certain medications, such as Niaspan, may be necessary.
In general, cholesterol treatment is aimed at lowering LDL cholesterol levels enough to reduce the risk of developing complications associated with high cholesterol (see Effects of High Cholesterol). If you are at a higher risk, you will have a lower LDL goal.
(Click High Cholesterol Risk to determine your cholesterol risk and find out what your LDL cholesterol level should be.)
For most people, Niaspan is quite effective at lowering cholesterol. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur and people may wish to consider a substitute. These substitutes could include fibrates (e.g., gemfibrozil, fenofibrate), statins, or other cholesterol medicines.
(Click Niaspan Alternatives to learn more.)

What If I Take an Overdose?

People who take too much Niaspan may experience the following symptoms:
  • Flushing
  • Upset stomach
  • Rash and itching.
If you happen to take too much, seek immediate medical attention.

How Should Niaspan Be Stored?

Niaspan should be stored at room temperature in a tightly closed container. It should be protected from light and moisture.
Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.
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