One side effect of taking niacin supplements is mild flushing. Ross described it as a feeling of warmth, itching, redness or a tingly feeling under the skin. The flushing is harmless and usually subsides within one or two hours, according to the British Columbia Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC). Some over-the-counter niacin tablets deliver the dose in a short burst, which makes the reaction more intense. Timed-release tablets deliver the vitamin more slowly, which reduces the intensity of the flushing. However, this type of niacin may cause liver damage in some people, according to the DPIC.
I am a two-time survior of the devasting bacterial infection known as C-Diff. Since I am an otherwise completely healthy female (was 35 and 44 when I contracted), it was unexpected that the disease would nearly kill me – twice. I have taken liquid vancomycin for nearly nine months now, but it has not cured me. I had the good fortune of learning from my infectious disease doctor and obtaining an opinion from an expert at Johns Hopkins Hospital about my case, and both concurred that I should consider opting for a fecal transplant as vancomycin hasn’t cured me. Although the procedure is usually done at the hospital and is 90-95% effective (so I am told), my husband and I are doing the home-style version. A fecal transplant is done by taking the stole of a healthy, close family member, mixing it with saline solution in a blender, putting it through a seive, and “inplanting” the donor’s good bacteria via an enema bottle into your intestines via your rectum. Although it was quite disgusting the first day, it gets easier. I noticed a dramatic improvement within 12 hours. Anyone having gone through a severe case of C-Diff knows that the fecal transplant procedure is not nearly as tramatic and painful as living with this infection. Quite frankly, the fecal transplant may save my life.