Review: could Niacin cause Restless legs syndrome?
(By eHealthMe on Feb, 14, 2014)
Severity ratings: 2.0/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 5,728 people who take Niacin. Among them, 21 have Restless legs syndrome. See who they are, when they have Restless legs syndrome and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Niacin (latest outcomes from 6,280 users) has active ingredients of niacin. It is often used in high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure. Commonly reported side effects of Niacin include nausea, nausea aggravated, weakness, fatigue, dizziness.
Restless legs syndrome
Restless legs syndrome (a powerful urge to move your legs) (latest reports from 66,389 patients) has been reported by people with restless leg syndrome, osteoporosis, depression, high blood pressure, pain.
On Feb, 14, 2014: 5,501 people reported to have side effects when taking Niacin. Among them, 21 people (0.38%) have Restless Legs Syndrome.
Time on Niacin when people have Restless legs syndrome * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Restless legs syndrome||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||0.00% |
Gender of people who have Restless legs syndrome when taking Niacin * :
|Restless legs syndrome||47.83%||52.17% |
Age of people who have Restless legs syndrome when taking Niacin * :
|Restless legs syndrome||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||7.14%||92.86% |
Severity of Restless legs syndrome when taking Niacin ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Restless legs syndrome||0.00%||100.00%||0.00%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Restless legs syndrome ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Restless legs syndrome||0.00%||100.00%||0.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Prophylaxis (7 people, 33.33%)
- Thyroidectomy (2 people, 9.52%)
- Blood cholesterol increased (2 people, 9.52%)
- Muscle spasms (1 people, 4.76%)
- Smoking cessation therapy (1 people, 4.76%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Aspirin (16 people, 76.19%)
- Amoxicillin (12 people, 57.14%)
- Levothyroxine sodium (12 people, 57.14%)
- Effexor xr (8 people, 38.10%)
- Nexium (8 people, 38.10%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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Trying to find out if 1000 mg of slow release niacin per day could have caused by GGT levels to rise to 139?
Ed on Feb, 23, 2014:
Sustained release niacin has a much higher incidence of adverse liver effects such as raised liver enzymes than does immediate release niacin. Although 2,000 mg of sustained release niacin is the recommended dose, adverse liver effects can occur with as little as 500 mg, although the incidence is much lower at a lower dose.
From this study (3 weeks ago):
Have been on Gabapentin for years now. For the past 3-4 yrs, I have had a chronically elevated WBC without evidence of illness. WBCs run 10.5 to 13.0 consistently. Even when on antibiotics, has not dropped below 10.5. Am now wondering if this could be related to Gabapentin. The elevated WBCs have resulted in delay of care for back pain issues. At one time, I tried to get off of gabapentin - was titrating the dose(c my provider's permission). I noticed that the Restless Leg Syndrome that I had been experiencing had disappeared with the lower dose of Gabapentin. Unfortunately, the Meralgia Paresthetica synotoms increased & had to increase the Gabapentin back up. RLS came back with increased dose.
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