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What is the difference between Niacin and Niaspan?

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M. Klose

M. Klose, Content Writer, Oakland

Answered on Aug 08, 2019

Niacin is also known as nicotinic acid. This is a type of B vitamin that is often used to ensure that your body will have the ability to turn the food that you eat into energy that you need so that you can function better. NIASPAN is known to be a type of medication that may be recommended for people who would need to improve their cholesterol levels.

This is usually taken by people who are advised to eat healthier food products and those who should exercise more often. They may seem similar to each other, but Niaspan is a pharmaceutical-grade Niacin, which means that this is more effective than the usual Niacin that you can find.

C. Matz

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C. Matz, College student, Graduation, Orlando

Answered on Jul 29, 2019

Niacin and Niaspan are both medicines that are prescribed to patients to help with similar problems. For instance, they both help people who have high cholesterol, elevated VLDL, Hyperlipoproteinemia, and other things.

However, there are other problems that each medicine is prescribed for, but the other medicine would not help. For instance, niacin is also prescribed for Niacin deficiency, but Niaspan isn’t. Niacin is also prescribed to patients for Pellagra. Both can be obtained through a prescription and over the counter.

Another difference is that niacin may be given to a patient for depression, and Niaspan may be prescribed to patients for other reasons. Niacin is more popular than Niaspan. This is due to there being more reviews for niacin.

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