When should I take niacin morning or night?
What kind of niacin do you take for sleep?
What happens to your body when you take niacin?
The vitamin niacin (B3, or nicotinic acid), already known for its cholesterol-lowering effects, may also reduce central or abdominal fat accumulation in HIV-associated lipodystrophy, according to the results of a small 16 person study reported today at the Ninth Annual Retroviruses Conference in Seattle.
Niacin in the form of nicotinamide has fewer side effects than nicotinic acid. However, at high doses of 500 mg/day or more, nicotinamide can cause diarrhea, easy bruising, and can increase bleeding from wounds. Even higher doses of 3,000 mg/day or more can cause nausea, vomiting, and liver damage.
The initial recommended therapeutic daily dose is 100 mg, three times a day, titrated to a maximum daily dose of 1,000 mg (4). Extended-release niacin tablets and capsules (at 125 mg–1,000 mg) also are available by prescription, usually in a dose of 500 mg at bedtime, to a maximum of 2,000 mg per day.
Niacin is a B vitamin that’s made and used by your body to turn food into energy. It helps keep your nervous system, digestive system and skin healthy.
You should not take niacin if you are allergic to it, or if you have: severe liver disease; a stomach ulcer; or. active bleeding.
Adults and children older than 16 years of age—At first, 500 milligrams (mg) per day, taken at bedtime. After 4 weeks, your doctor will increase your dose to 1000 mg per day, taken at bedtime. However, the dose is usually not more than 2000 mg per day.
Niacin can be very useful for adrenal support, working with the adrenal gland to make stress-reducing hormones, thereby helping the body relax by reducing anxiety and depression. It can be used as a natural sleeping aid.
General. Niacin should be taken with food. The extended-release form of niacin should be taken at bedtime. Niacin shouldn’t be crushed or cut.