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Review: could Niacin cause Rhabdomyolysis?





Summary: Rhabdomyolysis is found among people who take Niacin, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Simvastatin, and have Blood cholesterol increased.

We study 5,766 people who have side effects while taking Niacin from FDA and social media. Among them, 142 have Rhabdomyolysis. Find out below who they are, when they have Rhabdomyolysis and more.

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Niacin

Niacin has active ingredients of niacin. It is often used in high blood cholesterol. (latest outcomes from Niacin 6,312 users)

Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down) has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, hyperlipidaemia, high blood pressure, depression, ill-defined disorder.(latest reports from Rhabdomyolysis 34,095 patients)

On Nov, 29, 2014: 5,766 people reported to have side effects when taking Niacin. Among them, 142 people (2.46%) have Rhabdomyolysis.

Trend of Rhabdomyolysis in Niacin reports

Time on Niacin when people have Rhabdomyolysis * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Rhabdomyolysis0.00%70.45%9.09%9.09%6.82%2.27%2.27%

Gender of people who have Rhabdomyolysis when taking Niacin * :

FemaleMale
Rhabdomyolysis37.96%62.04%

Age of people who have Rhabdomyolysis when taking Niacin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Rhabdomyolysis0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%1.74%4.35%35.65%58.26%

Severity of Rhabdomyolysis when taking Niacin ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Rhabdomyolysis ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Blood cholesterol increased (32 people, 22.54%)
  2. Hyperlipidaemia (24 people, 16.90%)
  3. Hypercholesterolaemia (10 people, 7.04%)
  4. Hypertension (5 people, 3.52%)
  5. Post herpetic neuralgia (3 people, 2.11%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Simvastatin (40 people, 28.17%)
  2. Baycol (33 people, 23.24%)
  3. Zocor (32 people, 22.54%)
  4. Aspirin (23 people, 16.20%)
  5. Bezafibrate (21 people, 14.79%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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    (Asked by a 59 year old man who has Rhabdomyolysis, and takes Lyrica)
    my husband took lyrica in dec 2007 swelled up the md prescribed more and he died suddenly on March 17 2008 i wrote to pfziers legal department for answers as they directed me and i never heard from them.
  • Does bcaa cause migraines?
    (Asked by a 40 year old woman who has CFS, Migraines , and takes Cod Liver Oil, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin C (ascorbic Acid), Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamin B3, Selenium, Coenzyme Q10, Iron Dextran, Amitriptyline Hydrochloride)
    I took 3 capsules of BCAA and within the next hour I developed a very aggressive migraine. Believing the migraine may have been separate to the tablets, I took another 3 capsules the next day and again within 1 hour I developed a very aggressive migraines. Has anyone had a similar adverse reaction?
  • Can i use marijuana to help my rhabdomyolysis
    (Asked by a 31 year old man who has Rhabdomyolysis, and takes Marijuana)
    when i use marijuana it held me to used the bathroom everyday and when i stop my cpk go up and when i use marijuana it go down
  • Will taking a fiber supplement at the same time as niaspan create a problem/interaction
    (Asked by a 83 year old woman who takes Niaspan)
    I have been told that taking a fiber supplement at the same time as taking Niaspan will limit the effects of the Niaspan. I need to know so that I can change the order in which I take my meds and supplements if needed.
  • Does niacin help with my diabetic foot ulcers?
    (Asked by a 64 year old man who has Diabetic Foot Infection, Foot Deformity, and takes Niacin, Escitalopram Oxalate)
    will the niacin have a positive effect on my diabetic foot ulcer?

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    (Posted by a 61 year old woman who has Vasculitis, Rhabdomyolysis, Neuropathy Peripheral, and takes Avelox, Prednisone, Nabumetone)
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    After many, many tests, they came up with a tentative diagnosis of vasculitis and myositis.

    Then I had a kidney biopsy which confirmed the vasculitis and I was immediately treated with chemotherapy -- cytoxin for 6 months.

    IAlthough I do feel much better, I am still suffering and taking drugs for the vasculitis and I am told that I may go into remission, but it could flare up again anytime. I am convinced that it was the drug combination that caused all this. I had been feeling great and had a daily walking routine of walking 2 to 5 miles per day, and no other complaints.

    The nephrologist did say that while it might be that the vasculitis was drug induced, it didn't matter because I have it and he's treating it and would be doing it this way no matter how I got it.

    When I told my family doctor that I thought it was the drug combination that caused my problems, he seemed surprised and really no discussion. I told them to put it in my medical records to NEVER give me a flouroquinolone drug again.

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