How does one begin treating their depression and anxiety with Niacin while they are on antidepressants? I want to begin taking Niacin but I currently take .60 mgs a day of Cymbalta and up to 2 mgs a day of Xanax. How would I incorporate Niacin into this. Do I stop taking the other meds all together? If so what about the severe withdrawals that occur with both of these medications. Or do I start the Niacin along with these meds and wean off the meds as I increase the Niacin? I would like to start taking Niacin asap so any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
Starting Niacin while on antidepressants?
- 17 May 2016 by TrySmiling
- 18 May 2016
- cymbalta, depression, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, niacin, major depressive disorder, antidepressant
Added 17 May 2016:
Also, recommendations of how much Niacin to begin taking and how often would be appreciated as well as any reactions to Niacin to watch out for immediately after taking it..
Hi, Smiling! Niacin should be taken with your meds until you know it's working, or at least until you get a *niacin flush* which is a skin blush you experience when you are taking the appropriate dose for your metabolism. If your blush lasts over 10 minutes you're taking too much.
Begin with 25mg three times a day, then 50/25/25 the next day, then 50/50/25, etc., until you feel the flush which may take several days. ***ALWAYS*** take niacin with a meal or you will probably have severe GI upsets.
Consult your doctor or, preferably, a naturopath to confirm this information and to decide if this is the right path for you to take. You will also need a schedule from your prescribing physician to help you taper off your Xanax and Cymbalta or you will find yourself dealing with withdrawal symptoms.
Best wishes and good luck! Wildcat
The formulation you use doesn't really matter, it's just easier to regulate your dosage with the smaller dose type but perhaps not taking it three times a day may be more convenient. Follow the directions or ask your pharmacist for advice.
And yes, Vitamin D-3 IS niacin.
Good luck! WCV
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