If you are taking this for high cholesterol, in addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help this medication work better include exercising, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking. Consult your doctor for more details.
Remember that it is best to get your vitamins and minerals from food whenever possible. Maintain a well-balanced diet, and follow any dietary guidelines as directed by your doctor. B vitamins (including niacin) are found in meat, fish, poultry, enriched/whole grain bread products, and fortified cereals. Eat more of these foods to increase the amount of niacin in your diet if you have a niacin deficiency.
There are many niacin products available. Some can be purchased without a prescription. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about the best product for you.
Laboratory tests (such as blood lipids, blood sugar, liver function tests, uric acid levels) may be performed (especially if prescribed for cholesterol/triglyceride control) to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
Do not share this medication with others.