Why Nicotinic Acid

officeSLO-NIACIN® contains nicotinic acid

What is niacin?

  • Niacin, not niasin, is a type of B vitamin that occurs naturally and aids in the function of the digestive system, skin, and nervous system and can help maintain good cholesterol within the normal range*2,5
  • The term niacin is sometimes used to refer to both nicotinic acid and closely related molecules (inositol hexaniacinate, inositol hexanicotinate, or nicotinamide) that are often referred to as “flush-free” niacin8

Are there different types of niacin supplements?

  • Immediate-release niacin is often associated with uncomfortable flushing, a common niacin side effect8
  • Controlled-release niacin assures the gradual and measured release of niacin with the goal of reducing the incidence of flushing7
  • Flush-free” niacins may not cause flushing, but these types of niacin have not been clinically proven to support good cholesterol8

What is nicotinic acid?

  • SLO-NIACIN® delivers nicotinic acid, which is a doctor-recommended form of niacin2,8
  • SLO-NIACIN® with nicotinic acid is clinically proven to support good cholesterol (HDL) and SLO-NIACIN® can help maintain HDL within the normal range*2
  • SLO-NIACIN® has a unique polygel® controlled-release system that gradually delivers a measured release of niacin (nicotinic acid) into the body and is designed to reduce the likelihood of flushing that may be associated with niacin use7

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.


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 502-709-7544.

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.