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Niacin side effects and what to do about them

Posted On : Oct-18-2011 | seen (513) times | Article Word Count : 511 |

It is not only in fighting off the build-up of bad cholesterol and increasing the levels of good cholesterol that this niche nutrient is useful. It has also been found effective in helping to control an assortment of allergies.
A vitamin from group B, niacin has gained a reputation for being a healthful nutrient with a very targeted use. It is often prescribed by doctors in cholesterol-lowering therapy, which puts it at the forefront of the struggle with common lifestyle diseases of today, like cardiovascular illness, stroke or obesity. But it is not only in fighting off the build-up of bad cholesterol and increasing the levels of good cholesterol that this niche nutrient is useful. It has also been found effective in helping to control an assortment of allergies. Niacin has been reported to have a positive effect in treating depression, as well.

This is already quite an impressive list of uses, but there is a downside to niacin. Unlike many other diet supplements and nutrients available in synthetic form, it tends to bring out a range of inconveniencing side effects. Also unlike with some other pharmaceutical products that do so only when a standard dose is exceeded or when there is a serious breach of compliance, this B group vitamin triggers irritating effects early on and with a vast majority of users.

What are these niacin side effects? A typical symptom among those who take synthetic version of this substance is hot flushing. Its intensity and length vary from person to person, but it is a fairly safe bet that you might get it too if you start taking the product. Experiences and reactions to this side effect are different. Some people are so inconvenienced that they stop the treatment or seek alternative solutions (and there are some), while others go as far as saying that this is not just controllable and tolerable, but pleasant. Of course, if is comes together with redness in the face and other physical sensations, it might affect a person's ability to look good or feel self-confident.

Other niacin side effects include itching, which can also reduce the comfort of living, and stomach problems, including quite bad diarrhea, vomiting and cramps. The good thing is that the last inconvenience is not nearly as usual as hot flushes.

Patients have a range of options in fighting off or reducing niacin side effects:

It is a good idea to start with a low dosage and work your way up in a way that does not put excessive pressure on your body. This way it will have plenty of time to develop the right strategy to deal with the substance. It might not completely eliminate hot flushes or itching, but there is a chance of making them much less debilitating.

Another good idea is to halve the daily dosage, taking one portion early during the day and then following up with another one later on. Talk to your physician whether this is OK, but as long as it does not affect effectiveness of treatment you should be fine. It is a simple tactic, but it can take off quite a lot off your shoulders.

Finally, see if there are any side effect free or extended release products available.

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