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Brand name: Nicotinic Acid (Alphapharm) TM

Active ingredients: nicotinic acid

What it is used 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.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White, bevelled edge tablet with breakline on one side

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Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacy without prescription. It is Schedule 3: Pharmacist Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine may be subsidised which may make it cheaper. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient nicotinic acid

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Disclaimer

The information about this medicine comes from trusted sources.

  • Therapeutic Good's Administration (TGA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • GuildLink
  • DrugBank

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