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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.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Niaspan Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Niaspan reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


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.
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 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). The consumer presented with:
  • Blood Pressure Increased
  • Dyspnoea
  • Vision Blurred
  • Dizziness
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Heart Rate Increased
which developed 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.

Foreign Body, Pharyngeal Haemorrhage
This report suggests a potential Niaspan Foreign Body, Pharyngeal Haemorrhage 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. Soon after starting Niaspan the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Foreign Body
  • Pharyngeal Haemorrhage
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.

Restlessness, Hot Flush, Myopathy, Skin Burning Sensation, Flushing
This Restlessness, Hot Flush, Myopathy, Skin Burning Sensation, Flushing 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 commencing Niaspan (coated), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Restlessness
  • Hot Flush
  • Myopathy
  • Skin Burning Sensation
  • Flushing
The 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.

Hypoglycaemia, Deafness, Tympanic Membrane Perforation, Benign Middle Ear Neoplasm, Loss Of Consciousness, Ear Pain, Ear Infection, Flushing, Osteoarthritis
This is a report of a 68-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased,blood triglycerides increased,pancreatitis and was treated with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA) starting NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Deafness
  • Tympanic Membrane Perforation
  • Benign Middle Ear Neoplasm
  • Loss Of Consciousness
  • Ear Pain
  • Ear Infection
  • Flushing
  • Osteoarthritis
This opens a possibility that Niaspan (coated) treatment could cause the above reactions, including hypoglycaemia, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.


Pruritus, Eye Pruritus, Insomnia, Vision Blurred
A 76-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol started Niaspan Er treatment (dosage: 1 Pill Daily By Mouth) on Dec 04, 2013. Soon after starting Niaspan Er treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Pruritus
  • Eye Pruritus
  • Insomnia
  • Vision Blurred
Concurrently used drugs:
  • Dexilant
  • Metoprolol
  • Premarin
  • Baby Aspirin
  • Ferrous Sulfate
  • Calcium
  • Vit E
This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Niaspan Er.

Loss Of Consciousness, Dizziness, Vomiting, Hypotension, Flushing, Abdominal Pain Upper, Anger
A male patient from US (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: NA and was treated with Niaspan(dosage: NA). The treatment was initiated on NS. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
  • Loss Of Consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Hypotension
  • Flushing
  • Abdominal Pain Upper
  • Anger
Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Niaspan efficacy:
  • Niacin
  • Lisinopril
  • Temazepam
  • Tramadol
  • Trazodone
  • Clorazepam
The patient was hospitalized.

Brain Stem Stroke, Intracranial Aneurysm, Circulatory Collapse, Hot Flush, Brain Stem Syndrome
In this report, Niaspan (coated) was administered for the following condition: blood triglycerides abnormal,high density lipoprotein decreased,low density lipoprotein increased,blood cholesterol.A 64-year-old male consumer from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED (weight: NA) started Niaspan (coated) treatment (dosage: At Bedtime) on NS.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
  • Brain Stem Stroke
  • Intracranial Aneurysm
  • Circulatory Collapse
  • Hot Flush
  • Brain Stem Syndrome
A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction: NA.The patient was hospitalized.Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Niaspan (coated) treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

Coronary Arterial Stent Insertion, Flushing, Blood Glucose Increased, Angina Pectoris, Dyspnoea Exertional, Orthopnoea, Extrasystoles
This is a report of the following Niaspan (coated) side effect(s):
  • Coronary Arterial Stent Insertion
  • Flushing
  • Blood Glucose Increased
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Dyspnoea Exertional
  • Orthopnoea
  • Extrasystoles
A male patient from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: high density lipoprotein decreased,coronary artery disease and received a treatment with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: 500 Mg 1 At Bedtime) starting: 2008.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions: NA.This report suggests that a Niaspan (coated) treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

Diabetes Mellitus
This Niaspan (coated) report was submitted by a male consumer from US (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: blood triglycerides increased and Niaspan (coated) was administered (dosage: NA) starting: 201305. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
  • Diabetes Mellitus
Other drugs used simultaneously:
  • Fenofibrate
  • Lovaza
  • Multivitamin
  • Coq10
Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Niaspan (coated) treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

Fall, Hip Fracture, Hypotension, Hypersensitivity, Thrombocytopenia, Haemorrhagic Anaemia, Post Procedural Haemorrhage
This is a report of a possible correlation between Niaspan (coated) use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
  • Fall
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hypotension
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Haemorrhagic Anaemia
  • Post Procedural Haemorrhage
which could contribute to an assessment of Niaspan (coated) risk profile.A 65-year-old female consumer from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED (weight: NA) was suffering from blood cholesterol abnormal,cardiovascular disorder,familial risk factor and was treated with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: 2000mg Qhs) starting NS.Other concurrent medications: NA.The patient was hospitalized.

Headache
A 58-year-old female patient from CA (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: hyperlipidaemia and after a treatment with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA) experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Headache
The treatment was started on May 16, 2013. Niaspan (coated) was used in combination with the following drugs:
  • 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)
This report could alert potential Niaspan (coated) consumers.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Implantable Defibrillator Insertion, Myalgia
In this report, a 58-year-old male patient from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Niaspan (coated) side effect.The patient was diagnosed with high density lipoprotein decreased,low density lipoprotein increased,blood triglycerides increased,cardiomyopathy. After a treatment with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: 2000 Mg At Bedtime, start date: 2008), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Implantable Defibrillator Insertion
  • Myalgia
The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction: NA.The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Niaspan (coated) treatment.

Chest Discomfort, Headache, Pain, Skin Burning Sensation, Flushing
This is a report of a 71-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA), who used Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA) for a treatment of NA. After starting a treatment on Oct 10, 2013, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Chest Discomfort
  • Headache
  • Pain
  • Skin Burning Sensation
  • Flushing
The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Niaspan (coated) treatment
  • Ntg (As Needed)
The patient was hospitalized.Taken together, these observations suggest that a Niaspan (coated) treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Chest Discomfort, Headache, Pain, Skin Burning Sensation, Flushing.

Fluid Retention, Weight Increased, Urine Output Decreased, Pulmonary Oedema, Cardiac Failure Congestive, Lung Disorder
This fluid retention side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 66-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA. The patient was prescribed Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA), which was started on Sep 12, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Actos
  • Furosemide
  • Furosemide
  • Metformin Hydrochloride
  • Plavix
  • Glipizide
  • Nexium
  • Diltiazem
When starting to take Niaspan (coated) the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Fluid Retention
  • Weight Increased
  • Urine Output Decreased
  • Pulmonary Oedema
  • Cardiac Failure Congestive
  • Lung Disorder
The patient was hospitalized. These side effects may potentially be related to Niaspan (coated).

Flushing, Pain, Facial Pain, Pain Of Skin
This is a Niaspan Er side effect report of a 54-year-old male patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Niaspan Er (dosage:1 Tab @ Bedtime, start time: NS), combined with: NA., and developed a serious reaction and a flushing side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Flushing
  • Pain
  • Facial Pain
  • Pain Of Skin
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Niaspan Er treatment in male patients suffering from NA, resulting in flushing.

Maculopathy, Macular Cyst
This report suggests a potential Niaspan (coated) maculopathy side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 67-year-old female patient from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): NA and used Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA) starting NS. Soon after starting Niaspan (coated) the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Maculopathy
  • Macular Cyst
Drugs used concurrently:NA. Although Niaspan (coated) demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as maculopathy, may still occur.

Lower Limb Fracture, Kidney Infection, Flushing, Fall
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 medical condition(s): NA.On 201203 a consumer started treatment with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time:
  • Lotensin
  • Simvastatin
When commencing Niaspan (coated), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
  • Lower Limb Fracture
  • Kidney Infection
  • Flushing
  • Fall
The patient was hospitalized. Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential 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.

Coronary Artery Occlusion, Malaise, Flushing
This is a Niaspan (coated) side effect report of a 58-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased and was treated with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA) starting NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Asa
  • Plavix
  • Hyzaar
  • Metoprolol
  • Simvastatin
  • Lantus
  • Apidera
  • Humulin N
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
  • Coronary Artery Occlusion
  • Malaise
  • Flushing
The patient was hospitalized. This opens a possibility that Niaspan (coated) could cause coronary artery occlusion and that some male patients may be more susceptible.

Fall, Blood Glucose Decreased, Loss Of Consciousness, Head Injury, Compression Fracture, Respiratory Disorder, Oxygen Saturation Decreased, Flushing, Ammonia Increased
A 75-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED with the following symptoms: low density lipoprotein,blood triglycerides,blood cholesterol increased started Niaspan (coated) treatment (dosage: NA) on 2008. Soon after starting Niaspan (coated) treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
  • Fall
  • Blood Glucose Decreased
  • Loss Of Consciousness
  • Head Injury
  • Compression Fracture
  • Respiratory Disorder
  • Oxygen Saturation Decreased
  • Flushing
  • Ammonia Increased
. Concurrently used drugs: NA.The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Niaspan (coated) side effects, such as fall.

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) (dosage: NA), which was started on 2009. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Asa
  • Trilipix
  • Jalyn
  • Furosemide
  • Atorvastatin
  • Enalapril
  • Metoprolol
  • Viramune
.When starting to take Niaspan (coated) the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
  • Polyp
  • Increased Tendency To Bruise
These side effects may potentially be related to Niaspan (coated).

Urticaria, Rash, Dyspnoea
This is a report of a 59-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following 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). The consumer presented with:
  • Urticaria
  • Rash
  • Dyspnoea
which developed 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.

Actinic Keratosis, Headache, Eye Pain, Fatigue, Arthralgia, Impaired Healing
This report suggests a potential Niaspan (coated) Actinic Keratosis, Headache, Eye Pain, Fatigue, Arthralgia, Impaired Healing 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. Soon after starting Niaspan (coated) the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Headache
  • Eye Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Arthralgia
  • Impaired Healing
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.

Lower Limb Fracture, Kidney Infection, Flushing
This Lower Limb Fracture, Kidney Infection, Flushing 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 commencing Niaspan (coated), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Lower Limb Fracture
  • Kidney Infection
  • Flushing
The 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.

Coronary Artery Occlusion, Chest Pain, Dyspnoea, Blood Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Abnormal, Hyperhidrosis, Flushing, Hot Flush, Alopecia
This is a report of a female patient (weight: NA) from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased and was treated with Niaspan (coated) (dosage: NA) starting 2011. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Coronary Artery Occlusion
  • Chest Pain
  • Dyspnoea
  • Blood Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Abnormal
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Flushing
  • Hot Flush
  • Alopecia
The patient was hospitalized. This opens a possibility that Niaspan (coated) treatment could cause the above reactions, including coronary artery occlusion, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.

Coronary Artery Bypass, Flushing
A 58-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased started Niaspan (coated) treatment (dosage: NA) on NS. Soon after starting Niaspan (coated) treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Flushing
Concurrently used drugs:
  • Asa
  • Plavix
  • Hyzaar
  • Metoprolol
  • Simvastatin
  • Lantus
  • Apidera
  • Humulin N
This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Niaspan (coated).

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Top 10 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

Top 10 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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