Niacin and Alcohol
Niacin is the generic name for this drug sold under the brand names B-3-50, B3-500-Gr, Niacin SR, Niacor, Niaspan ER, Slo-Niacin. It is in fact a B vitamin and occurs naturally in plants and animals and is added to many foods as a vitamin supplement.
It is used to teat and prevent a lack of of natural Niacin in the body and to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. It is also used to lower the risk of heart attack in people with high cholesterol who have already had a heart attack. It is sometimes used to treat coronary artery disease.
It is suggested only moderate drinking while using this vitamin as the value of the vitamin may be decreased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Niacin advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, liver or kidney disease, heart disease, uncontrolled angina, stomach ulcer, diabetes, gout or muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis.
Less serious side effects are mild dizziness, warmth, redness, tingling, itching, dry skin, sweating, chills, nausea, diarrhea, belching, gas muscle pain, leg cramps or insomnia. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, lightheaded, faint, fast or uneven heartbeats, short of breath, swelling, jaundice, muscle pain, tenderness, weakness with fever or flu symptoms or dark coloured urine, if diabetic changes in blood sugar. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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