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Niacin Overdose

Niacin Overdose Causes

Niacin overdose results when excessive amounts of niacin are ingested. Niacin is commonly found in pork, beef, apricots, dates, green leafy vegetables, and vitamin B rich supplements and medications. Niacin overdose is unlikely if taken only in prescription amounts. In recommended doses, niacin can be effective in treating high high cholesterol, high blood fats, and niacin deficiency.

Niacin Overdose Definition

Niacin overdose pertains to an excessive ingestion of niacin, a component of the vitamin B complex primarily responsible for converting food into energy and controls the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. If taken in excessive doses, niacin can cause peptic ulcers, liver damage, and skin rashes.

Niacin Overdose Symptoms and Signs

Common symptoms of niacin overdose are: skin flushing; tingling skin sensation; paresthesias; gout; diabetes-like symptoms; hyperglycemia; diabetes; rapid heartbeat; itching; nausea and vomiting; abdominal pain; and severe liver damage (or hepatoxicity).

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