Niaspan and/or Equivalent Niacin Prescription Information
The active ingredient in Niaspan tablets is an Anti-Diabetic medicine called Niacin, which helps to control blood sugar levels in "non-insulin dependent" diabetes, also known as Type 2 Diabetes. In diabetes, the pancreas fails to produce sufficient quantities of insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating the level of sugar the blood. In Type 2 diabetes, the cells in the body resist the effects of what little insulin is available in the circulation. Normally, the hormone makes these cells remove excess sugar from the blood, which means that, in this form of diabetes, it tends to reach dangerously high levels.
The Niacin in Niaspan acts on pancreatic cells called "beta cells", causing them to produce more insulin. Although a physician should be consulted to ensure that this is the most effective treatment for any one individual's condition, people who buy Niaspan (Niacin) usually take it before meals so that insulin production is enhanced while food is consumed; Niacin usually stimulates the pancreas half an hour after being swallowed. The sugars released into the blood while the food enters the body are thereby safely regulated.
The medication is sometimes used in conjunction with another antidiabetic drug called metformin, which regulates blood sugar levels between meals, but this is not always necessary. When consumers buy generic Niaspan (Niacin), they will find that it is available in three doses, 0.5mg per pill, 1mg per pill and 2mg per pill. All doses are available in packs of 90 pills, costing $47.00 per pack; 180 pills, costing $89.00 per pack and 270 pills, costing $124.00 per pack.
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Does Niaspan have any Side Effects
For patients who take Niaspan in combination with metformin, care should be taken to monitor blood sugar levels regularly, as the two medicines can cause b lood sugar levels to drop too far, a condition called hypoglycemia. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include unusual tiredness, confusion, loss of concentration, headache, nausea, cold pale skin, cold sweats, anxiousness and tremor. The risk of hypoglycemia also increases for people taking Niaspan if they exercise vigorously or consume alcohol, especially, in the latter case, if unaccompanied by food. People using Niaspan should take great care to avoid hypoglycemic attacks when they are driving or operating machinery.
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should not take Niaspan, as it can cross the placenta or enter into breast milk and interfere with the baby's blood sugar regulation. Also, there has been no research into the safety of Niaspan in children under the age of 18 years or in elderly adults above the age of 75. It has also not been studied in people who have impaired liver function. The medication is therefore not considered suitable for anyone falling into these groups.
Although the vast majority of consumers who buy Canadian Niaspan (Niacin) will find that it is safe and well tolerated, a small percentage of people have experienced some side effects. The commonest, affecting between one and ten per cent of users, are hypoglycemia, abdominal pain and diarrhea. A physician will advise on possible dose adjustments should any of these symptoms arise. Very rarely, Niaspan may cause constipation or vomiting and in less than 1 in 10,000 people, it can lead to abnormal liver function and/or visual disturbances.
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