Mild side effects of Inositol
There are several mild side effects that are considered to be the most common ones. Some patients may not encounter any of the adverse effects of this medication.
Mild Inositol side effects include:
- appetite loss
- stomach pain
These side effects – although mild – might worsen or become bothersome. If that is your case then you must visit your doctor right away!
Severe Inositol adverse effects
Severe Inositol side effects require urgent medical attention and include:
- serious allergic reactions, such as hives
- difficult breathing or swelling
- tightness in the chest
- allergic reactions on the skin (like rash or itching)
- dark urine
- yellowing of the skin
- severe stomach pain
What is Inositol used for?
Inositol, on its generic name Inositol Niacinate, is a medication included in the category of vasodilators and is considered to be a lipid-lowering agent. Histamine release is possible with this medication, as it improves circulation. Histamine release leads to the widening of blood vessels.
Inositol is helpful in preventing lipid formation in the body that helps to lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Inositol is used to treat and improve blood circulation for certain conditions but it also lowers triglycerides and cholesterol levels in the blood.
Inositol Interactions and Risks
- You ever presented allergic reactions to any of the ingredients present in Inositol Niacinate. You must talk to your doctor before starting to use Inositol, if this situation is applicable for you.
- You are currently treating yourself with any other prescribed medications, including dietary supplements, health supplements or herbal products.
- You ever presented allergic reactions to any foods, supplements or drugs.
- You suffer from severe kidney or liver disorder, liver or kidney problems, diabetes, gout, gallbladder disease, chest pain, heart disorder, an active peptic ulcer, arterial bleeding or very low blood pressure.
- Your daily alcohol intake is above the normal limits.
- You have a history of heart attack or stomach ulcer.
- You are currently using several drugs that may lead to a serious interaction withInositol. Show the complete list of medications to your doctor (with medications that you are taking) before starting to use Inositol, in order to avoid drug interaction. The medications that may lead to severe drug interaction, if used along with Inositol, are: Aspirin, blood thinner drugs, like Warfarin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen. These medications, if combined with Inositol may lead to bleeding or may increase several Inositol side effects. Other drugs that may interact with Inositol include HMG Co-A reductase inhibitors (Lovastatin, Simvastatin) and may increase some Inositol side effects such as increased muscle weakness.
- You are a smoker. Smoking should be avoided during your treatment period with Inositol, as Nicotine increases some Inositol side effects, such as dizziness or flushing.
- You encounter dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting. These side effects may get worsen if combined with alcohol or other drugs.
- Some of your daily activities require you to be alert or awake. Driving should be avoided during your treatment period with Inositol because this medication may slow down your thinking or reactions.
- You are a diabetic patient who needs to use Inositol. This medication may affect blood sugar in diabetic patients. You are required to check your blood sugar levels regularly, if you’re in the situation.
- You are willing to combine it with hot food, hot beverages or alcohol. This combination is prohibited, as it may increase itching and flushing.
Inositol and pregnancy
The risks of Inositol during pregnancy are not well-known. Therefore, we can’t know if this medication is harmful to the infant or not. Since the Inositol risks during pregnancy are unknown, you are required to contact your doctor right away and stop taking this drug if you become pregnant during your treatment period with Inositol. You can discuss the risks and benefits of this medication during pregnancy only with your doctor.
Inositol and breastfeeding
It is not proven if Inositol passes into breast milk or not. Thus, we can’t know if this medication is considered to be dangerous to the nursing baby or not. Since the risks coming with Inositol during breastfeeding are unknown, you are highly recommended to avoid using this drug, if you’re nursing a baby.
Inositol daily dosage and overdose
Inositol is taken orally, with or without food.
The daily Inositol dosage ranges from 4 g to 12 g and depends on the condition and its severity. The maximum dose of 18 g a day should never be exceeded. Doses up to 18 g are considered to be safe.
If you believe you have taken too much Inositol, you are required to visit your doctor or healthcare provider urgently.