Adult: Initially, 250 mg once daily in the evening. Increase dose every 4-7 days until desired LDL cholesterol and/or triglyceride level is achieved or dose of 1.5-2 g/day is reached. If hyperlipidaemia is not adequately controlled after 2 mth w/ this dose, it can be increased at 2- to 4-wk intervals to 1 g tid. Max: 6 g daily. As extended-release tab: Initially, 500 mg at night, gradually increased according to response to a maintenance of 1-2 g at bedtime.
Adult: 100-150 mg 3-5 times daily. As extended-release tab: 300-400 mg 12 hrly.
Oral Treatment and prophylaxis of nicotinic acid deficiency
Adult: For treatment of pellagra: 300-500 mg daily in divided doses. For management of Hartnup disease: 50-200 mg daily. Child: For treatment of pellagra: 100-300 mg daily in divided doses.
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Adult: As 4% gel: Apply to affected area bid.
Should be taken with food. Take at bedtime after a low-fat snack.
Patient w/ active liver disease or unexplained persistent elevations of serum transaminases, active peptic ulcer disease, arterial bleeding.
Patient w/ unstable angina, acute MI, CHD, DM, gout, history of peptic ulceration. Patient who consume large amount of alcohol. Patient undergoing surgery. Renal or hepatic impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.
Flushing, sensation of heat, faintness, pounding in the head, tingling, itching, headache, dizziness, tachycardia, palpitations, dyspnoea, sweating, chills, oedema; dryness of skin, pruritus, hyperpigmentation, rash, cramps, cough, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, anorexia, activation of peptic ulcer, eye disorders including cystoid macular oedema and toxic amblyopia; decreased glucose tolerance, hyperglycaemia, hyperuricaemia; abnormal LFTs, jaundice; hypophosphataemia, reduced platelet counts, prolonged prothrombin time, arrhythmias, hypersensitivity reactions including angioedema; insomnia, myalgia and hypotension.
Increased risk of myopathy and rhabdomyolysis w/ concomitant HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. Reduced bioavailability w/ colestyramine or colestipol. Decreased metabolic clearance w/ aspirin. May potentiate effects of ganglionic blocking agents and vasoactive drugs resulting in postural hypotension.
Avoid alcohol or hot drinks and spicy foods as it may increase risk of flushing and pruritus.
May produce false elevations in some fluorometric determinations of plasma or urinary catecholamines. May give false-positive results w/ cupric sulfate soln (Benedict's reagent) in urine glucose determination.
Description: Mechanism of Action: Nicotinic acid is a derivative of vitamin B3 and is incorporated into coenzymes nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP), which are involved in multiple cellular metabolic pathways. Nicotinic acid also reduces total serum cholesterol, LDL, VLDL, apolipoprotein B and triglycerides, and increases HDL cholesterol. Pharmacokinetics: Absorption: Readily absorbed from the GI tract. Distribution: Widely distributed in body tissues and appears in breast milk. Metabolism: Converted to N-methylnicotinamide, 2-pyridone and 4-pyridone derivatives. Excretion: Via urine in small amounts as unchanged drug. Plasma elimination half-life: 20-45 min.
C10AD02 - nicotinic acid ; Belongs to the class of nicotinic acid and derivatives. Used in the treatment of hyperlipidemia. C04AC01 - nicotinic acid ; Belongs to the class of nicotinic acid agents. Used as peripheral vasodilators.
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