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Inositol niacinate

Pronunciation

Generic Name: inositol niacinate (in-OH-sih-tole nye-a-SIN-ate)
Brand Name: Examples include Niacin Flush Free and Niacinol

Inositol niacinate is used for:

Improving blood circulation in certain conditions and lowering cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Inositol niacinate is a vasodilator and lipid-lowering agent. It improves circulation by releasing histamine, which causes the blood vessels to dilate (widen) and breaks up a protein needed for the clotting of blood. It also prevents the formation of lipids in the body, which helps to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Do NOT use inositol niacinate if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in inositol niacinate

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using inositol niacinate:

Some medical conditions may interact with inositol niacinate. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have severe liver problems or disease, kidney problems, diabetes, gout, gallbladder disease, chest pain, heart disease, an active peptic ulcer, arterial bleeding, or severely low blood pressure
  • if you have a history of stomach ulcer or heart attack, or you drink alcohol on a regular basis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with inositol niacinate. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Aspirin, blood thinners (eg, warfarin), or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen, naproxen) because they may increase the risk of side effects (eg, bleeding)
  • HMG Co-A reductase inhibitors (eg, lovastatin, simvastatin) because the risk of side effects, including muscle weakness, may be increased
  • Nicotine patches because the risk of side effects, including flushing and dizziness, may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if inositol niacinate may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use inositol niacinate:

Use inositol niacinate as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take inositol niacinate by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Do not take inositol niacinate with alcohol, hot food, or hot beverages. This may increase flushing and itching.
  • If you miss a dose of inositol niacinate, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use inositol niacinate.

Important safety information:

  • Inositol niacinate may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use inositol niacinate with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not substitute other forms of niacin for inositol niacinate.
  • Diabetes patients - Inositol niacinate may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Lab tests may be performed while you use inositol niacinate. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using inositol niacinate while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use inositol niacinate, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of inositol niacinate:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; dizziness; flushing; itching; loss of appetite; nausea; upset stomach; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dark urine; severe stomach pain; yellowing of the skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of inositol niacinate:

Store inositol niacinate at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep inositol niacinate out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about inositol niacinate, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Inositol niacinate is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take inositol niacinate or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about inositol niacinate. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to inositol niacinate. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using inositol niacinate.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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