Review: could Niacin cause Atrial fibrillation (Atrial fibrillation/flutter)?
Summary: Atrial fibrillation is found among people who take Niacin, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take medication Aspirin, and have Multiple myeloma.
We study 5,767 people who have side effects while taking Niacin from FDA and social media. Among them, 158 have Atrial fibrillation. Find out below who they are, when they have Atrial fibrillation and more.
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Niacin has active ingredients of niacin. It is often used in high blood cholesterol. (latest outcomes from 6,313 Niacin users)
Atrial fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, multiple myeloma. (latest reports from 87,230 Atrial fibrillation patients)
On Jan, 13, 2015: 5,767 people reported to have side effects when taking Niacin. Among them, 159 people (2.76%) have Atrial Fibrillation.
Time on Niacin when people have Atrial fibrillation * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Atrial fibrillation||0.00%||25.00%||25.00%||0.00%||50.00%||0.00%||0.00% |
Gender of people who have Atrial fibrillation when taking Niacin * :
|Atrial fibrillation||30.69%||69.31% |
Age of people who have Atrial fibrillation when taking Niacin * :
|Atrial fibrillation||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||1.23%||0.00%||3.68%||9.82%||85.28% |
Severity of Atrial fibrillation when taking Niacin ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Atrial fibrillation||33.33%||66.67%||0.00%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Atrial fibrillation ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Atrial fibrillation||0.00%||33.33%||66.67% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Multiple myeloma (30 people, 18.87%)
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus (24 people, 15.09%)
- Atrial fibrillation (15 people, 9.43%)
- Cardiac failure congestive (13 people, 8.18%)
- Diabetes mellitus (9 people, 5.66%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Aspirin (100 people, 62.89%)
- Digoxin (87 people, 54.72%)
- Lipitor (67 people, 42.14%)
- Lisinopril (67 people, 42.14%)
- Furosemide (59 people, 37.11%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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Are everyone's hearts as I say "behaving this evening?" Had a full day without pvcs! Always a good thing! The last afib episode was in October! For some reason it always appears every 6 months! So I'm not due until April 2015! Will try to be positive and tell myself it's not going to happen!
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God bless you all.
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