• terry terry
    July 07, 2010
    Could niacin cause the ankles to swell up [and hurt!]?
    terry terry
    July 07, 2010

    I've been taking 1000mg for about 3 weeks now at the drs' suggestion to lower what he believes to be genetic high triglycerides.

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  • David1951 July 07, 2010
    David1951
    July 07, 2010

    niacin can cause swelling although more often it's noted in the face.

    niacin can precipitate gout attacks... are your ankles also red and warm?

    this could be what you're experiencing...you should inform your doctor and probably stop the niacin to see if the swelling goes away. he may switch you to a time release form which may be better for you...

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    • terry
      July 07, 2010
      terry
      July 07, 2010

      Thanks for your prompt reply.  I AM taking slo-niacin & have no redness or warmth. The ankles swelled right after I started taking it 3 weeks ago. Doc has previously diagnosed "pseudo-gout" for the swelling and redness of toe joint and lower foot--'cause he says I don't have real gout. The current ankle pain is constant--night and day--interfering w/ exercise.  Just wondering if niacin is causing it, darnit.

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    • David1951
      July 07, 2010
      David1951
      July 07, 2010

      well I would suggest you stop the niacin for a couple of weeks to see if the swelling goes away. if not be aware that there are more serious potential causes

       include circulatory and vascular diseases. heart failure, high blood pressure, and weak valves in the veins can all be reasons for swollen ankles. Chronic or recurring swollen ankles can also be linked to kidney desease, diabetes, and arthritus, so you should probably see your doctor or at least inform him right away

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    • terry
      July 07, 2010
      terry
      July 07, 2010

      Thank you!  I'll alert the doc!

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