Pediatric Pellagra Medication

Updated: Feb 11, 2016
  • Author: Simon S Rabinowitz, MD, PhD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Medication

Vitamins

Class Summary

These are organic substances required by the body in small amounts for various metabolic processes. Vitamins may be synthesized in small or insufficient amounts in the body or not synthesized at all, thus requiring supplementation.

Niacin (Vitamin B-3)

Source of niacin used in tissue respiration, lipid metabolism, and glycogenolysis. Exogenous administration cures the syndrome and, within the dosage levels prescribed, is not associated with uncomfortable flushing observed with niacin administration in other conditions (eg, hypercholesterolemia).