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Niacin Rush

Question: What happens if my dog eats niacin? Two weeks ago my dog was very sick, vomiting, falling over and passing out. I rushed him to emergency where they said he probably ingested something. I couldn't figure out what he could've possibly gotten into because I keep anything toxic well away from him. Two days ago my roommate moved out and I found pills all over his bedroom floor. They turned out to be niacin and I know the dog was in his room the day he got sick because my roommate left the door open. So I was wondering if that could've been what caused him to get sick.

Answer: I googled Niacin and the side effects do match your dogs symptoms. Niacin All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Niacin: Diarrhea; dry skin; headache; itching; stomach upset; temporary skin redness, tingling or feelings of warmth (flushing) Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Niacin: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry, or bloody stools; changes in vision; cloudy or blurred vision; decrease in urine or dark-colored urine; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, "not well" feeling); irregular heartbeat; loss of appetite; muscle weakness, swelling, tenderness, or pain; numbness or persistent tingling of the skin; swelling of the hands, legs, or feet; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; yellowing of the skin or eyes. Read the 2nd page for more side effects including dizziness. Your dog was passing out and falling over because of dizziness. get your dog to drink more water so it can flush the medication out of his system.

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