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Nicotinic Acid

In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Nicotinic Acid is a member of the following drug classes: miscellaneous antihyperlipidemic agents, vitamins and is used to treat High Cholesterol, Hyperlipoproteinemia, Hyperlipoproteinemia Type IV - Elevated VLDL, Hyperlipoproteinemia Type V - Elevated Chylomicrons VLDL, Niacin Deficiency and Pellagra.



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Lipid lowering agent


Vitamin B₃

Chemical Name

3-Pyridinecarboxylic acid

Foreign Names

  • Acidum nicotinicum (Latin)
  • Nicotinsäure (German)
  • Acide nicotinique (French)
  • Acido nicotinico (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Acide nicotinique (OS: DCF)
  • Nicotinic Acid (OS: JAN, BAN)
  • Niacin (IS)
  • Nico (IS)
  • Nicocidin (IS)
  • Nicorol (IS)
  • Nicosode (IS)
  • Nikotinsäure (IS)
  • S 115 (IS)
  • Acidum nicotinicum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4)
  • Niacin (PH: USP 38)
  • Nicotinic Acid (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, Ph. Int. 4)
  • Nicotinic acid (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Nicotinique (acide) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Nicotinsäure (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Benzyl Nicotinate (OS: JAN)
  • Benzylium nicotinicum (IS)
  • Nicotinsäurebenzylester (IS)
  • Pyridin-3-carbonsäurebenzylester (IS)
  • Benzylnicotinat (PH: DAB 1999)
  • Ethyl nicotinate and hexyl nicotinate (IS)
  • Ethylnicotinat und Hexylnicotinat (IS)
  • BRN 0113951 (IS)
  • 5-22-02-00059 (IS: Beilstein)
  • NSC 13126 (IS)
  • Methyl nicotinate (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Methylis nicotinas (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names

  • Acido Nicotinico Ecar
    Ecar, Colombia
  • Acidum Nicotinicum
    PannonPharma, Hungary
  • Acidum nicotinicum Moschifarm
    Moshimfarmpreparati, Latvia
  • Acinic
    Biolabfarma, Brazil
  • Advicor (Nicotinic Acid and Lovastatin)
    AbbVie, United States
  • Apo-Nicotinic acid
    Apotex, New Zealand
  • Avas Plus (Nicotinic Acid and Atorvastatin)
    Micro Carsyon, India
  • Cordaptive (Nicotinic Acid and Laropiprant)
    Merck Sharp & Dohme, Ecuador; MSD, Argentina; MSD, Peru
  • Cotina
    Instituto Sanitas, Chile
  • Diligan (Nicotinic Acid and Meclozine)
    UCB, India
  • Hemarexin (Nicotinic Acid and Caffeine, + Riboflavin, + Thiamine)
    Sandoz, Canada
  • Microvit B3 (veterinary use)
    Adisseo Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Australia
  • Niacin Valeant
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Canada
  • Niacor
    Upsher-Smith, United States
  • Nialip
    Dr. Reddy's, India
  • Niapid XR
    Drug International, Bangladesh
  • Niascor
    Koçak, Turkey
  • Niaspan
    Abbott, Hong Kong; Abbott, Indonesia; Abbott, Israel; Abbott, Lebanon; Abbott, Peru; Abbott, Thailand; Abbott, Turkey; Abbott, United States; Merck, Bulgaria; Merck, Netherlands; Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Canada
  • Niaspan CF
    Abbott Laboratories de Chile, Chile
  • Niaspan CR
    Abbott, Argentina
  • Nicopaverina (Nicotinic Acid and Papaverine)
    Enila, Brazil
  • Nicoson
    Jayson, Bangladesh
  • Nicotinic Acid Darnitsa
    Darnitsa, Georgia
  • Ni-Odan
    Odan, Canada
  • Niyat (Nicotinic Acid and Atorvastatin)
    AHPL, India
  • Nyclin
    Toa Eiyo, Japan
  • Nyclin 10%
    Toa Eiyo, Japan
  • Pelzont (Nicotinic Acid and Laropiprant)
    Merck Sharp & Dohme, Lithuania; MSD, Netherlands
  • Restafen Plus (Nicotinic Acid and Etofenamate)
    Vem Ilaç, Turkey
  • Rhea Nicotinic Acid
    Philusa, Philippines
  • Ridel-ER
    Incepta, Bangladesh
  • Simcor (Nicotinic Acid and Simvastatin)
    Abbott, United States; AbbVie, United States
  • Simvotin (Nicotinic Acid and Simvastatin)
    Ranbaxy, India
  • Slo-Niacin
    Upsher-Smith, United States
  • Thermo Rheumon (Nicotinic Acid and Etofenamate)
    Meda, Turkey
  • Thermodoline (Nicotinic Acid and Etofenamate)
    Abdi Ibrahim, Turkey
  • Thermoflex (Nicotinic Acid and Etofenamate)
    Santa-Farma, Turkey
  • Thermove (Nicotinic Acid and Etofenamate)
    Recordati, Turkey
  • Tonact Forte (Nicotinic Acid and Atorvastatin)
    Lupin, India
  • Tonact Plus (Nicotinic Acid and Atorvastatin)
    Lupin, India
  • Tredaptive (Nicotinic Acid and Laropiprant)
    Merck Sharp & Dohme, Czech Republic; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Serbia; MSD, South Africa
  • Trevaclyn (Nicotinic Acid and Laropiprant)
    Merck Sharp & Dohme, Lithuania; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Serbia; MSD, Netherlands
  • Thermo-Doline (Nicotinic Acid and Etofenamate)
    Abdi Ibrahim, Georgia
  • Thermo-Rheumon (Nicotinic Acid and Etofenamate)
    Bayer, Poland; Meda Pharm, Austria
  • Thrombophob (Nicotinic Acid and Heparin)
    Zydus, India
  • Trombofob (Nicotinic Acid and Heparin)
    Abbott, Brazil
  • Trombosol Forte (Nicotinic Acid and Heparin)
    Orion Pharma, Finland
  • Boots Pain Relief (Nicotinic Acid and Salicylic Acid)
    The Boots Company, United Kingdom
  • Balsamo Sifcamina (Nicotinic Acid and Glycol Salicylate)
    Teofarma, Italy
  • Decontractyl (Nicotinic Acid and Mephenesin)
    Teriak, Tunisia
  • Décontractyl (Nicotinic Acid and Mephenesin)
    Sanofi-Aventis, France
  • Midalgan Neue Formel (Nicotinic Acid and Glycol Salicylate)
    Ars Vitae, Switzerland
  • Relaxar (Nicotinic Acid and Mephenesin)
    Bouty, Italy
  • Sedalpan (Nicotinic Acid and Diethylamine Salicylate)
    Teofarma, Italy


BANBritish Approved Name
DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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