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Common Niaspan Side Effects


The most commonly reported Niaspan side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Flushing (6776)
Pruritus (2585)
Feeling Hot (1702)
Paraesthesia (1450)
Erythema (1224)
Skin Burning Sensation (947)
Blood Glucose Increased (657)
Dizziness (572)
Nausea (460)
Headache (451)
Burning Sensation (422)
Hot Flush (392)
Rash (377)
Diarrhoea (374)
Myalgia (331)
Hyperhidrosis (314)
Fatigue (270)
Insomnia (265)
Dyspnoea (249)
Pain In Extremity (236)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Niaspan Side Effects Reported to FDA



Niaspan Side Effect Report#9981128
Blood Pressure Increased, Dyspnoea, Vision Blurred, Dizziness, Myocardial Infarction, Heart Rate Increased
This is a report of a 77-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol, who was treated with Niaspan (dosage: By Mouth, start time:
Jan 06, 2014), combined with:
  • Carvedilol
  • Pravastatin
  • Crean
  • Lasartan
  • Ferrous Sulfate Iron
  • Vitamin E
  • Super Calcium
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Blood Pressure Increased, Dyspnoea, Vision Blurred, Dizziness, Myocardial Infarction, Heart Rate Increased after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Niaspan treatment in female patients, resulting in Blood Pressure Increased side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9909769
Foreign Body, Pharyngeal Haemorrhage
This report suggests a potential Niaspan Foreign Body side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 66-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: arteriosclerosis and used Niaspan (dosage: NA) starting
Dec 20, 2013. After starting Niaspan the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Foreign Body, Pharyngeal HaemorrhageAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Niaspan demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Foreign Body, may still occur.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9897569
Restlessness, Hot Flush, Myopathy, Skin Burning Sensation, Flushing
This Restlessness problem was reported by a physician from DE. A male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: low density lipoprotein increased. On 2006 this consumer started treatment with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Ezetrol
  • Ezetrol
  • Ezetrol
  • Simvastatine
  • Sortis
When using Niaspan (coated), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Restlessness, Hot Flush, Myopathy, Skin Burning Sensation, FlushingThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Restlessness, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9858839
Hypoglycaemia, Deafness, Tympanic Membrane Perforation, Benign Middle Ear Neoplasm, Loss Of Consciousness, Ear Pain, Ear Infection, Flushing, Osteoarthritis
This Hypoglycaemia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from Country Not Specified. A 68-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased,blood triglycerides increased,pancreatitis.The patient was prescribed Niaspan (coated) (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Niaspan (coated) the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Hypoglycaemia, Deafness, Tympanic Membrane Perforation, Benign Middle Ear Neoplasm, Loss Of Consciousness, Ear Pain, Ear Infection, Flushing, OsteoarthritisThese side effects may potentially be related to Niaspan (coated).
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9803023
Pruritus, Eye Pruritus, Insomnia, Vision Blurred
This is a report of a 76-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol, who was treated with Niaspan Er (dosage: 1 Pill Daily By Mouth, start time:
Dec 04, 2013), combined with:
  • Dexilant
  • Metoprolol
  • Premarin
  • Baby Aspirin
  • Ferrous Sulfate
  • Calcium
  • Vit E
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Pruritus, Eye Pruritus, Insomnia, Vision Blurred after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Niaspan Er treatment in female patients, resulting in Pruritus side effect.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9796526
Loss Of Consciousness, Dizziness, Vomiting, Hypotension, Flushing, Abdominal Pain Upper, Anger
This report suggests a potential Niaspan Loss Of Consciousness side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Niaspan (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Niaspan the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Loss Of Consciousness, Dizziness, Vomiting, Hypotension, Flushing, Abdominal Pain Upper, AngerAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Niacin
  • Lisinopril
  • Temazepam
  • Tramadol
  • Trazodone
  • Clorazepam
The patient was hospitalized. Although Niaspan demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Loss Of Consciousness, may still occur.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9793205
Brain Stem Stroke, Intracranial Aneurysm, Circulatory Collapse, Hot Flush, Brain Stem Syndrome
This Brain Stem Stroke problem was reported by a physician from Country Not Specified. A 64-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood triglycerides abnormal,high density lipoprotein decreased,low density lipoprotein increased,blood cholesterol. On NS this consumer started treatment with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: At Bedtime). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Niaspan (coated), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Brain Stem Stroke, Intracranial Aneurysm, Circulatory Collapse, Hot Flush, Brain Stem SyndromeThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Brain Stem Stroke, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9771247
Coronary Arterial Stent Insertion, Flushing, Blood Glucose Increased, Angina Pectoris, Dyspnoea Exertional, Orthopnoea, Extrasystoles
This Coronary Arterial Stent Insertion side effect was reported by a physician from Country Not Specified. A male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: high density lipoprotein decreased,coronary artery disease.The patient was prescribed Niaspan (coated) (drug dosage: 500 Mg 1 At Bedtime), which was initiated on 2008. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Niaspan (coated) the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Coronary Arterial Stent Insertion, Flushing, Blood Glucose Increased, Angina Pectoris, Dyspnoea Exertional, Orthopnoea, ExtrasystolesThese side effects may potentially be related to Niaspan (coated).
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9744536
Diabetes Mellitus
This is a report of a male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: blood triglycerides increased, who was treated with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA, start time: 201305), combined with:
  • Fenofibrate
  • Lovaza
  • Multivitamin
  • Coq10
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Diabetes Mellitus after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Niaspan (coated) treatment in male patients, resulting in Diabetes Mellitus side effect.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9716788
Fall, Hip Fracture, Hypotension, Hypersensitivity, Thrombocytopenia, Haemorrhagic Anaemia, Post Procedural Haemorrhage
This report suggests a potential Niaspan (coated) Fall side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 65-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Country Not Specified was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol abnormal,cardiovascular disorder,familial risk factor and used Niaspan (coated) (dosage: 2000mg Qhs) starting NS. After starting Niaspan (coated) the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Fall, Hip Fracture, Hypotension, Hypersensitivity, Thrombocytopenia, Haemorrhagic Anaemia, Post Procedural HaemorrhageAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Niaspan (coated) demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Fall, may still occur.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9689302
Headache
This Headache problem was reported by a pharmacist from CA. A 58-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: hyperlipidaemia. On
May 16, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Duotrav (0.5/0.004% 1 Gtt In Eyes, At Bedtime)
  • Dicetel
  • Quinapril Hcl (Everyday)
  • Synthroid (Everyday)
  • Estrogens Conjugated (Lu:398 Everyday)
  • Paxil (Everyday)
  • Losec
  • Endocet (5-325 Mg 4 Everyday 120/month)
When using Niaspan (coated), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: HeadacheAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Headache, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9654693
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Implantable Defibrillator Insertion, Myalgia
This Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy side effect was reported by a physician from Country Not Specified. A 58-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: high density lipoprotein decreased,low density lipoprotein increased,blood triglycerides increased,cardiomyopathy.The patient was prescribed Niaspan (coated) (drug dosage: 2000 Mg At Bedtime), which was initiated on 2008. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Niaspan (coated) the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Implantable Defibrillator Insertion, MyalgiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Niaspan (coated).
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9637995
Chest Discomfort, Headache, Pain, Skin Burning Sensation, Flushing
This is a report of a 71-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA, start time:
Oct 10, 2013), combined with:
  • Ntg (As Needed)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Chest Discomfort, Headache, Pain, Skin Burning Sensation, Flushing after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Niaspan (coated) treatment in female patients, resulting in Chest Discomfort side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9587598
Fluid Retention, Weight Increased, Urine Output Decreased, Pulmonary Oedema, Cardiac Failure Congestive, Lung Disorder, Fluid Retention, Weight Increased
This report suggests a potential Niaspan (coated) Fluid Retention side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 66-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA) starting
Sep 12, 2013. After starting Niaspan (coated) the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Fluid Retention, Weight Increased, Urine Output Decreased, Pulmonary Oedema, Cardiac Failure Congestive, Lung Disorder, Fluid Retention, Weight IncreasedAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Actos
  • Furosemide
  • Furosemide
  • Metformin Hydrochloride
  • Plavix
  • Glipizide
  • Nexium
  • Diltiazem
The patient was hospitalized. Although Niaspan (coated) demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Fluid Retention, may still occur.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9580016
Flushing, Pain, Facial Pain, Pain Of Skin
This Flushing problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 54-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Niaspan Er (dosage: 1 Tab @ Bedtime). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Niaspan Er, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Flushing, Pain, Facial Pain, Pain Of SkinAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Flushing, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9553244
Maculopathy, Macular Cyst
This Maculopathy side effect was reported by a health professional from Country Not Specified. A 67-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Niaspan (coated) (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Niaspan (coated) the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Maculopathy, Macular CystThese side effects may potentially be related to Niaspan (coated).
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9543966
Lower Limb Fracture, Kidney Infection, Flushing, Fall
This is a report of a male patient (weight: NA) from Country Not Specified, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA, start time: 201203), combined with:
  • Lotensin
  • Simvastatin
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Lower Limb Fracture, Kidney Infection, Flushing, Fall after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Niaspan (coated) treatment in male patients, resulting in Lower Limb Fracture side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9535515
Coronary Artery Occlusion, Malaise, Flushing
This report suggests a potential Niaspan (coated) Coronary Artery Occlusion side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 58-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Country Not Specified was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased and used Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Niaspan (coated) the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Coronary Artery Occlusion, Malaise, FlushingAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Asa
  • Plavix
  • Hyzaar
  • Metoprolol
  • Simvastatin
  • Lantus
  • Apidera
  • Humulin N
The patient was hospitalized. Although Niaspan (coated) demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Coronary Artery Occlusion, may still occur.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9534119
Fall, Blood Glucose Decreased, Loss Of Consciousness, Head Injury, Compression Fracture, Respiratory Disorder, Oxygen Saturation Decreased, Flushing, Ammonia Increased
This Fall problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from Country Not Specified. A 75-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: low density lipoprotein,blood triglycerides,blood cholesterol increased. On 2008 this consumer started treatment with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Niaspan (coated), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Fall, Blood Glucose Decreased, Loss Of Consciousness, Head Injury, Compression Fracture, Respiratory Disorder, Oxygen Saturation Decreased, Flushing, Ammonia IncreasedThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Fall, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9533002
Polyp, Increased Tendency To Bruise
This Polyp side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 72-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased.The patient was prescribed Niaspan (coated) (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on 2009. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Asa
  • Trilipix
  • Jalyn
  • Furosemide
  • Atorvastatin
  • Enalapril
  • Metoprolol
  • Viramune
.After starting to take Niaspan (coated) the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Polyp, Increased Tendency To BruiseThese side effects may potentially be related to Niaspan (coated).
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9531394
Urticaria, Rash, Dyspnoea
This is a report of a 59-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased, who was treated with Niaspan Er Tabs (dosage: 1 Tablet Once Daily Taken By Mouth, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Urticaria, Rash, Dyspnoea after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Niaspan Er Tabs treatment in female patients, resulting in Urticaria side effect.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9528824
Actinic Keratosis, Headache, Eye Pain, Fatigue, Arthralgia, Impaired Healing
This report suggests a potential Niaspan (coated) Actinic Keratosis side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 65-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Country Not Specified was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: high density lipoprotein abnormal,cardiovascular disorder and used Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA) starting 2009. After starting Niaspan (coated) the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Actinic Keratosis, Headache, Eye Pain, Fatigue, Arthralgia, Impaired HealingAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Niaspan (coated) demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Actinic Keratosis, may still occur.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9510421
Lower Limb Fracture, Kidney Infection, Flushing
This Lower Limb Fracture problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from Country Not Specified. A male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On 201203 this consumer started treatment with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Lotensin
  • Simvastatin
When using Niaspan (coated), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Lower Limb Fracture, Kidney Infection, FlushingThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Lower Limb Fracture, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9503677
Coronary Artery Occlusion, Chest Pain, Dyspnoea, Blood Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Abnormal, Hyperhidrosis, Flushing, Hot Flush, Alopecia
This Coronary Artery Occlusion side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from Country Not Specified. A female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased.The patient was prescribed Niaspan (coated) (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on 2011. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Niaspan (coated) the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Coronary Artery Occlusion, Chest Pain, Dyspnoea, Blood Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Abnormal, Hyperhidrosis, Flushing, Hot Flush, AlopeciaThese side effects may potentially be related to Niaspan (coated). The patient was hospitalized.
Niaspan Side Effect Report#9497410
Coronary Artery Bypass, Flushing
This is a report of a 58-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Country Not Specified, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased, who was treated with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Asa
  • Plavix
  • Hyzaar
  • Metoprolol
  • Simvastatin
  • Lantus
  • Apidera
  • Humulin N
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Coronary Artery Bypass, Flushing after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Niaspan (coated) treatment in male patients, resulting in Coronary Artery Bypass side effect.


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The appearance of Niaspan on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

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What are common Niaspan Side Effects for Women?

Women Side EffectsReports
Flushing 2420
Pruritus 1167
Feeling Hot 709
Paraesthesia 545
Erythema 540
Skin Burning Sensation 429
Nausea 271
Dizziness 270
Blood Glucose Increased 245
Headache 241

What are common Niaspan Side Effects for Men?

Men Side EffectsReports
Flushing 4300
Pruritus 1393
Feeling Hot 979
Paraesthesia 892
Erythema 672
Skin Burning Sensation 502
Blood Glucose Increased 407
Dizziness 297
Hot Flush 225
Burning Sensation 212

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    Niaspan Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0074-3074
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameNiaspan
    NameNiacin
    Dosage FormTABLET, FILM COATED, EXTENDED RELEASE
    RouteORAL
    On market since20100629
    LabelerAbbVie Inc.
    Active Ingredient(s)NIACIN
    Strength(s)500
    Unit(s)mg/1
    Pharma ClassNicotinic Acid [EPC],Nicotinic Acids [Chemical/Ingredient]

    Niaspan Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 12588

    Niaspan safety alerts: No

    Reported deaths: 39

    Reported hospitalizations: 519

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