What is Vitamin B3 (Niacin)?

Category: Supplements

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Vitamin B3, niacin, is used with diet changes (restriction of cholesterol and fat intake) to reduce the amount of cholesterol and certain fatty substances in your blood.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 41 14
Multiple sclerosis 16 12
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 9 4
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 4 0
High triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia) 4 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 6
Moderate 14
Mild 18
None 35

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Side effect Patients Percentage
Flushing 13
Burning sensation in skin 2
Facial flushing 2
Hot flashes 2
Unbearable stinging all over 2
Burning sensation 1

Show all 18 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Dosage Patients Percentage
500 mg daily 7
1500 mg daily 3
250 mg daily 1
540 mg daily 1
1,000 mg daily 1
500 mg twice daily 1
2000 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 15
Side effects too severe 14
Doctor's advice 12
Did not seem to work 7
Expense 5
Personal research 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 53 patients who've stopped taking Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Duration

Currently taking Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 49
Usually 17
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 58
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 32
Not specified 36

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Vitamin B3 (Niacin) and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 1
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14 patient evaluations for Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Aug 16, 2017 (Started Aug 14, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (flushing)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Research the effects of flushing, make sure you know what to expect.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 7, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 16, 2014 (Started Dec 04, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high triglycerides)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flushing)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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