Is There A Generic For Niaspan Er?

Question

Asked by Ralph

Is There A Generic For Niaspan Er?

I'm looking for a less expensive option for my medication. The Niaspan ER has been effective but the costs are a challenge.

Answer

At the time this question was originally asked the answer was no, but in the intervening years at least one generic medication has become available. Niacin ER is an extended-release tablet as well, which just means that the tablets relase a consisten amount of the drug over time, compared to sustained release tablets that release the drug slowly, but not necessarily at a consistent rate.

Many pharmacies are required to dispense the generic equivalent for any medication, but it's always worth checking with your doctor to make sure. Remember, too, that your local pharmacist is a great resource about your medication options.

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