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Brand name: Nicotinic Acid (Alphapharm)

Nicotinic Acid (Alphapharm) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) nicotinic acid. On this page you will find out more about Nicotinic Acid (Alphapharm), including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: nicotinic acid

Information for medicine and pack size:
Nicotinic Acid (Alphapharm) 250 mg uncoated tablet, 200

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What this medicine is for

Nicotinic acid is an essential dietary constituent, the lack of which leads to the clinical condition known as pellagra, which is characterised by loss of appetite, lethargy, weakness, diarrhoea, dermatitis and mental changes. An erythematous eruption resembling sunburn first appears on the back of the hands. Other areas exposed to light are later involved and eventually the lesions may be more widespread. The cutaneous manifestations are characteristically symmetrical and may darken, desquamate and scar. Nicotinic acid has been approved for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia and hypertriglyceridaemia. It should be used as adjunctive therapy in addition to diet and other measures. Nicotinic acid can also be used to treat Frederickson-Lees Levy hyperlipoproteinaemia type II, IIB, III, IV and V.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White, bevelled edge tablet with breakline on one side

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Dosage Form Tablet, uncoated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
100 tablets: Pharmacist Only Medicine (Over the counter)
200 tablets: Pharmacist Only Medicine (Over the counter)

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

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