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Niacor B3 Side Effects

Generic Name: niacin

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug niacin. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Niacor B3.

For the Consumer

Applies to niacin: oral capsule, oral capsule extended release, oral elixir, oral tablet, oral tablet extended release

As well as its needed effects, niacin (the active ingredient contained in Niacor B3) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur while taking niacin, check with your doctor immediately:

Less common:
  • Darkening of urine
  • light gray-colored stools
  • loss of appetite
  • severe stomach pain
  • yellow eyes or skin

Minor Side Effects

Some niacin side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

Less common:
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • feeling of warmth
  • flushing or redness of the skin, especially on the face and neck
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • rash or itching
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
Incidence not known:
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • dryness of the skin
  • fever
  • frequent urination
  • joint pain
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • side, lower back, or stomach pain
  • swelling of the feet or lower legs
  • unusual thirst
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • unusually fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to niacin: compounding powder, oral capsule, oral capsule extended release, oral liquid, oral tablet, oral tablet extended release

Cardiovascular

Very common (10% or more): Flushing (i.e., warmth, redness, itching, and/or tingling) (up to 88%)
Frequency not reported: Tachycardia, palpitations, atrial fibrillation, other cardiac arrhythmias, syncope, hypotension, postural hypotension[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Rash, pruritus
Frequency not reported: Sweating, skin burning sensation, maculopapular rash, dry skin
Postmarketing reports: Skin discoloration[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea (up to 14%), nausea (up to 11%)
Common (1% to 10%): Vomiting
Frequency not reported: Peptic ulcers, eructation, flatulence[Ref]

Hematologic

Postmarketing reports: Slight reductions in platelet counts, prothrombin time prolonged[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Postmarketing reports: Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., anaphylaxis, angioedema, urticaria, flushing, dyspnea, tongue edema, larynx edema, face edema, peripheral edema, laryngismus, vesiculobullous rash)[Ref]

Hepatic

Postmarketing reports: Hepatitis, jaundice[Ref]

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Decreased glucose tolerance, gout[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Frequency not reported: Myalgia, myopathy[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Dizziness, syncope
Postmarketing reports: Migraine, asthenia, paresthesia[Ref]

Ocular

Postmarketing reports: Blurred vision, macular edema[Ref]

Psychiatric

Postmarketing reports: Insomnia, nervousness[Ref]

Other

Frequency not reported: Chills, edema[Ref]

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Cough increased
Frequency not reported: Dyspnea[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Niacor (niacin)." Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc, Minneapolis, MN.

2. "Product Information. Niacin (niacin)." 21st Century Healthcare Inc, Tempe, AZ.

It is possible that some side effects of Niacor B3 may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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