Tagging FtFoNR because medical shenanigans...
So, interesting experience today. I'd like to think I know how to handle dealing with vitamins and supplements. I do my research, I check safe doses, antagonists, read warnings.
But sometimes, something just slips through in a moment of complacency.
No, I didn't almost kill myself. But the following quick ramble is a lesson that had it been something else, I could have.
I usually take either a Centrum, or a combination of C, and B vitamins since my diet is weak in those areas. Recently, we were going through the medicine cabinet when my mother started getting confused about several bottles of niacin. Still good, barely touched. Two, giant bottles of the things. She doesn't want them. So I'm like... Oh, Niacin. Vitamin B3. Giant bottle. That shit's expensive. I'll take it so it doesn't go to waste.
Mind you, this is a month ago.
This morning I went to take my Vitamins before cleaning out my small fridge. I haven't taken my vitamins in a few days, the Niacin bottle is right in front of me. I pop one, and I pop a centrum. "It's a B vitamin, if there's too much, I'll piss it out."
So, come about, oh, an hour ago. I lay down to take a nap before work. I'm laying there for about a minute when suddenly my face starts to feel dry and scratchy. At first, I think it's nothing but a phantom sensation. Maybe a reaction to my cat, not a foot away from my face. So I turn away from the kitty, but the sensation grows. Starting to BURN... Starting to BURN a LOT.
Starting to burn a lot, and moving to my arms?
I'm out of bed and throwing adequate clothing for going outside on. Burning sensation is spreading. I feel like I've spent a day at a nude beach exposed to the sun at this point. ...Or five minutes in a US Army CS Gas training chamber (CS burns).
Mental checklist. I'm red as a tomato, I burn all over. Eyes are fine, breathing's fine. No welts or hives... Not sure if industrial chemical in the room or not, but not taking chances. Get out of the building.
Outside, I'm skyping a friend on my tablet. Immediate secondary checklist. Any chest pain, breathing difficulties or pressures? No, I'm not having a heart attack. I'm coherent, everything's clear. I'm just... red as Big Mac.
Waiting for anything else to happen. Burning sensation eases a little. Go back inside, still a tomato. No telltale welts or hives, pretty certain not allergic reaction to anything. Review what I've had today. Recall Niacin.
Five minutes of research and I have the reaction.
Niacin flush. Caused by a large intake of Niacin as it helps to open up the blood vessels in the body. Used in large doses for treating various cardiovascular conditions over time.
I review the bottle, 500 mg tablets, time released, and check the daily rec. dosage online.
The daily recommended dosage of niacin is 14 to 18 milligrams, with an upper level of about 35 milligrams.
"Well... I just took enough niacin to go for a MONTH."
Review the rest of the information on the page.
"Okay, that bottle isn't the daily vitamin dose of niacin... That bottle is the 'There's something WRONG WITH YOU' dose." The cotton in the bottle should have been a red flag that wasn't a 'supplement' geared bottle. It didn't get me earlier this morning because I took a time-released tablet.
So it just goes to show you... Even if you think you know what you've got. Double check it. That was just a common vitamin, but I goofed in procedure for handling things like that and it burned me. And that's why I don't even remotely screw around with real medicines. Not only can they hurt you if taken incorrectly, it can come on so fast you don't have time to react.
It's been an hour since then at this point. The burning's pretty much died down, but I'm still nice and warm, and look like a good advertisement for sunblock. Stay safe people.