Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Treatment of nicotinic acid deficiency
Adult: 100-300 mg daily in divided doses.
Child: ≥12 yr Same as adult dose.

Mild to moderate inflammatory acne
Adult: As a 4% gel: Apply bid, reduce to once daily or on alternate days if excessive dryness, irritation or peeling occurs.
Child: Same as adult dose.
Incompatible with alkalis and strong acids.
Special Precautions
Patient with hepatic disease, peptic ulcer. Children. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Dry skin (topical).
Hepatic: Rarely, abnormal LFT, jaundice, chronic hepatic damage.
Haematologic: Rarely, abnormal prothrombin time, hypoalbuminaemia.
Dermatologic: Irritation, pruritus, erythema, burning sensation (topical).
Patient Counseling Information
Avoid contact with eyes or mucous membranes (topical).
Monitoring Parameters
Periodically monitor hepatic function and blood glucose levels.
Drug Interactions
May increase the adverse effect of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors.
Lab Interference
May cause false increase of urinary catecholamines in some fluorometric determinations.
Description: Nicotinamide is a vitamin B3 derivative. It is incorporated into coenzymes nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP), which are involved in multiple cellular metabolic pathways (e.g. tissue respiration, lipid metabolism and glycogenolysis). It also has significant anti-inflammatory activity.
Absorption: Readily absorbed from the GI tract. Time to peak plasma concentration: 20-70 minutes.
Distribution: Widely distributed in the body tissues. Enters breast milk.
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver to N-methylnicotinamide, 2-pyridone and 4-pyridone derivatives and nicotinuric acid.
Excretion: Via urine (as unchanged drug and as metabolites). Elimination half-life: 45 minutes.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Nicotinamide, CID=936, (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store at or below 25°C.
MIMS Class
Acne Treatment Preparations / Vitamin B-Complex / with C
ATC Classification
A11HA01 - nicotinamide ; Belongs to the class of other plain vitamin preparations. Used as dietary supplements.
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