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Beat Drug Tests – Not with Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Taking Niacin to Beat Drug Tests Doesn’t Work, Could Hurt

Urban legend contends that drug users can take vitamin B3 (niacin) to beat a drug test, but researchers said that’s a myth that could land you in the hospital, the New York Times reported April 17.

Researchers recently reported cases where teenagers looking to beat drug tests took multiple 500-milligram tablets of niacin and ended up in the emergency room suffering symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and abdominal pain. The recommended daily dose of niacin is 14 to 16 milligrams.

Large doses of niacin can lead to skin and liver problems.

Reference: Mittal MK, Florin T, Perrone J, Delgado JH, Osterhoudt KC. (2007) Toxicity From the Use of Niacin to Beat Urine Drug Screening. Annals of Emergency Medicine.

From; Join Together Online.


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