Flushing happens when tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin (especially on the face, neck, chest, and/or back) open wider. Below are some simple tips that may help you manage flushing.
Many people describe flushing as warmth, redness, itching, or tingling of the skin, mostly on the face and upper body. Flushing occurs as blood vessels expand, increasing the flow of blood to the surface of the skin.
Flushing feels different for everyone. You may experience flushing when you first begin taking NIASPAN or when your doctor increases your dose.
Many patients who continue taking NIASPAN notice that flushing lessens after several weeks.
Other common side effects may include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, increased cough, and itching.1
Only your doctor can decide if NIASPAN should be part of your treatment plan.
NIASPAN and other medicines (including vitamins and herbal supplements) can react with each other and may
Tell your doctor about all the prescription and non-prescription medicines you take, including:
Also tell your doctor if you consume large amounts of alcohol.
NIASPAN® (niacin extended-release) tablets are a prescription medication used along with diet when a low-cholesterol diet and exercise alone are not enough.
Taking NIASPAN with another cholesterol-lowering medicine (simvastatin) does not reduce heart attacks or strokes more than taking simvastatin alone.
For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.
Reference: 1. NIASPAN [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc.
Please see the full Prescribing Information for NIASPAN and discuss it with your healthcare provider.
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