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Old 08-09-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Niaspan ( niacin ) reactions

I take Niaspan for cholesterol reduction, and it is a funky drug... some days I don't have any reaction at all... Some days I have a big reaction... some days my reaction is within an hour, and some days it can happen 12 hours later....

Anybody else have reactions like that?
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:02 AM   #2
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I used to take SloNiacin, which is an OTC slow release Niacin that my doctor approved of (and it is a lot cheaper than Niaspan). I also had varied reactions, sometimes my skin would get blotchy, sometimes I had tingling all over, sometimes nothing. I believe the reactions had a lot to do with whether I took the pill after eating or on an empty stomach. Try taking the Niacin with food and see if that reduces your side effects. By the way, the reason I stopped taking Niacn was because of the second study that showed no clinical benefit from taking Niacin, which the first study also showed. The studies showed that while Niacin does raise HDL and lower LDL, it does not lower the risk of heart attack and even has some troubling side effects (other than the flushing). So, I told my doctor that I was going to stop and he said OK, as long as my LDL didn't go up too high. My labs did get a little worse, but my LDL was still acceptable so he's letting me stay off the Niacin (I was on a pretty low dose anyway, 500 mg). Maybe you should talk to your doctor about both of these studies which showed the same results. In fact, I believe that one Niacin med was pulled off the market in Europe based on the results of the second study.
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