Facts About Flushing

SLO-NIACIN® is designed to minimize flushing

When taking niacin supplements, some people, but not all, may experience a side effect called niacin flushing. It’s important to know that niacin flushing is usually temporary and seldom requires one to stop taking niacin.7

About flushing

  • Niacin flushing may occur with the use of nicotinic acid, which causes temporary vasodilation or widening of blood vessels in the skin7,9
  • Symptoms of niacin flushing may include temporary itching and tingling, feelings of warmth and headache, particularly when beginning or increasing the dose7
  • SLO-NIACIN® contains nicotinic acid, but the unique polygel® controlled-release system is designed to help reduce the likelihood of niacin flushing7

Tips to avoid niacin flushing7

  • Talk to your healthcare professional about taking 1 aspirin or ibuprofen 30 minutes before taking SLO-NIACIN® Tablets
  • Take SLO-NIACIN® Tablets with a low-fat snack and cold water
  • Take SLO-NIACIN® Tablets before going to bed
  • Do not take SLO-NIACIN® Tablets with spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, tea, or other hot drinks

The “flush-free” myth

  • Although “flush-free” types of niacin (inositol hexaniacinate, inositol hexanicotinate, or nicotinamide) may not cause flushing, these types of niacin are not clinically proven to support good cholesterol8
  • Some even recommend against “flush-free” types of niacin because they are not clinically proven to support good cholesterol8

SLO-NIACIN® with controlled-release niacin

  • To help reduce the likelihood of niacin flushing, SLO-NIACIN® Tablets have been designed with a unique polygel® controlled-release system, not available in other dietary supplement niacin products, that ensures the gradual and measured release of nicotinic acid into the body7
  • Controlled release of nicotinic acid is intended to minimize flushing and itching while ensuring that you receive a doctor-recommended form of niacin trusted to help support good cholesterol levels (HDL)*2,8

SLO-NIACIN® Tablets can help maintain good cholesterol (HDL) within the normal range.*2 With a distinctive polygel® controlled-release system, SLO-NIACIN® Tablets gradually deliver nicotinic acid into the body and are designed to help reduce the incidence of flushing that is sometimes associated with niacin use.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Do not use SLO-NIACIN® Tablets if you have a known sensitivity or allergy to niacin. Do not take niacin unless under your doctor's supervision if you have heart disease (particularly, recurrent chest pain or recent heart attack), gallbladder disease, gout, arterial bleeding, glaucoma, diabetes, impaired liver function, stomach ulcers, or are pregnant or lactating. Before taking 500 mg/day or more, call your doctor. If you are taking high blood pressure or cholesterol-lowering drugs, call your doctor before taking niacin due to possible interactions. Case reports of unexplained muscle-related complaints, including discomfort, weakness, or tenderness, have been documented with HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors in combination with niacin. Increased uric acid, glucose, and abnormal liver function tests have been reported in persons taking 500 mg/day or more. Discontinue use and call your doctor immediately if you experience persistent flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, not feeling well), loss of appetite, decreased and dark-colored urine, muscle discomfort or weakness, irregular heartbeat or vision problems. Niacin may cause temporary flushing, itching and tingling, feelings of warmth and headache, particularly when beginning, increasing dosage, or changing brands. This safety information is not all-inclusive. For more information, contact your healthcare provider, or call 1-800-654-2299.

Please consult your healthcare professional before taking any dietary supplement, and especially before taking 500 mg or more of SLO-NIACIN® daily.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.