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Old 08-20-2011, 08:29 PM   #1
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Can niacin cause periferal neuropathy

I have been takingniacin1000 mcg for my hdl for last 3 years . I have been detected to be having peripheral neuropathy without any obvious cause for it .can niacin amide be a cause for neuropathy ?

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Old 12-21-2011, 01:47 PM   #2
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Re: Can niacin cause periferal neuropathy

Originally Posted by Jainss View Post
I have been takingniacin1000 mcg for my hdl for last 3 years . I have been detected to be having peripheral neuropathy without any obvious cause for it .can niacin amide be a cause for neuropathy ?
One year ago my statins (Zocor) was increased to 80 mg / day and one month later they put me on Niacin 500 mg 3 X day. For the past 9 months I have had bilateral foot pain (mostly toes) almost a cold feeling, also occasionally hands. The doctors wondered about Statin neuropathy which is rare but reported.
I wondered about the possibility of Niacin, but most articles say Niacin is used to treat neuropathy. The neuropathy is bearable but uncomfortable. I almost have to be on the Niacin for HDL and another lipid abnormality. Wondering if you found out anything else.

Old 12-20-2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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Re: Can niacin cause periferal neuropathy

I once started taking Niacin Inositol Hexanicotinate (supposedly "flush free" niacin), because I have slightly high triglicerides and niacin is supposed to be good for this.

I immediately started getting neuropathy symptoms. I at first didn't know why it felt like there was some object in my shoes, near my toes. But I soon figured out that there was a growing numbness.

This isn't like slowly growing diabetes induced neuropathy. It happened immediately--within a couple of weeks.

I was checked out by my doctor, who confirmed it (by sticking pins in my toes, which I couldn't feel), and later by a neurologist. The neurologist could find no other cause, and remained convinced that I must have injured myself somehow without noticing it (in -both- feet?).

I immediately stopped taking this, and scoured the web. I found two other users of this supplement who had the same symptoms. (I think the links are now long gone).

But there isn't much else out there about the link between niacin and nerve damage, except as a treatment. Another B vitamin though, B6, is well documented for having this effect when taken in excess.

In any case, I'm staying far away from niacin supplements. My neuropathy remains.

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