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Niaspan FCT (extended release)
What is Niaspan FCT Used for?
Niaspan FCT is an extended-release medicine which is a member of lipid metabolism regulators. It helps to treat high levels of cholesterol by decreasing the production of cholesterol in human body. It also helps in lowering LDL-cholesterol also known as bad cholesterol, triglycerides, and total cholesterol, and increase good cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol).
Niaspan medication is available for purchase at Canada Pharmacy. It is available in different dosages including Niaspan 500 mg and Niaspan 1000 mg at the best price.
The active ingredient is Vitamin B3 (Nicotinic Acid).
Inactive ingredients are:
- Stearic acid
- Polyethylene glycol
- FD&C yellow #6/sunset yellow FCF Aluminum Lake
- Synthetic red and yellow iron oxides,
- Titanium dioxide
- Dehydrated alcohol
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Butyl alcohol
- Propylene glycol
- Ammonia solution
- Potassium hydroxide
- Black iron oxide
The normal dose recommended as a starter is 500 mg at night (bedtime) after having a low-fat diet. The dosage is increased gradually after every 4 weeks to a maximum dosage of 2000 mg. The medicine is recommended with an approved exercise program so the reduction of cholesterol can be achieved.
If you accidentally miss the dose, take it on the set timings, don’t double your dose. Avoid taking two tablets simultaneously.
Avoid taking Niaspan medication if you are allergic to niacin or any ingredients of the medication. Make sure to consult your doctor first.
Avoid the use of medicine if you have active peptic (stomach or intestinal) ulcer, bleeding, severe or unexplained liver or kidney problems and if you have a history of jaundice.
Following are the common symptoms observed in the patients using Niaspan:
- Dryness of the mouth
- Redness of face
If you observe any of the following side effects contact your doctor as soon as possible or seek medical help:
- Blurred vision
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Impaired or dim vision
- Inflammation of the liver
- Gastric irritation
- Elevated serum aspartate transaminase
- Severe itching of the skin
- Hepatic failure
- Hyperpigmentation of the skin
- Pain in a muscle or group of muscles
- Joint pain
- Muscle pains or weakness
- Severe headache (migraine)
- Signs of clotting problems (unusual nosebleeds, bruising, blood in urine, coughing blood, bleeding gums, cuts that don’t stop bleeding)
- Signs of liver problems (yellow eyes or skin, abdominal pain, dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting)
- Irregular heartbeat
- Ringing in the ears
Product Code: 10542
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.