The nurse is assessing a patient on niacin for hyperlipidemia. Which assessment finding should the nurse expect as a possible side effect?


• Niacin is a water-soluble vitamin that decreases lipoprotein and triglyceride synthesis. Common side effects include flushing of the face and neck, rash, diarrhea, cough, pruritus, nausea and vomiting, hypotension, and hyperglycemia 

• Taking aspirin with niacin can help reduce flushing 

• Incorrect: Confusion, hypertension, and hypoglycemia are not associated with the use of niacin 

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