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Thanks for the info. I didn't realize there were different forms of niacin. My doctor just said niacin and the regular caused problems so I switched to flush-free on my own. I noticed my multi-vitamin says it has 300% niacin so I will see if maybe this and food will work after I talk to my doctor. Thanks again for your info. emoticon

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When I was taking Niaspan - ONE TIME - the doctor did not tell me - nor did the pharmacist - that I need to take an aspirin at last 30 minutes before taking it -had they told me I would not have been up in the middle of the night looking like a bad sunburn and scratching - I finally fell back to sleep and the next day the medication went back to the pharmacy - they were nice enough to refund my money. That did it for me.

Someone suggested Slo-Niacin - which is a flushing niacin over-the-counter - comes in several strengths - believe 250, 500 & 750 - I've only been able to get the 500 in my area. I have not used it in a while. When I took Slo-Niacin I did take a baby aspirin about 30 minutes before I took the Slo-Niacin - there were a few times at the beginning that I got flushed, but not anywhere near the extent of the Niaspan.

I was using a Red Yeast Rice from VitaCost - I just switched to Cholestoff from Nature Made as well as an Omega 3 I get from my Health/Wellness/AntiAging company. I am thinking about adding the Slo-Niacin again, but that is going to wait until I get thru another health issue I am going thru.

Of course, we all know that reducing the lbs that we carry around and eating healthier will help lower cholesterol to some degree - probably even if it is genetic...

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1/19/14 6:27 P

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I love a good niacin flush. Everyday I take divided doses throughout the day of 125-250 mg and 500 mg at night. It is very good for stress. And the larger dose helps me fall asleep. The warmth spreads throughout my body and I just relax and crash. Best taken after a meal, less intense.

I will be uping the doses now that I have quit Crestor, which I've been on for over five years. I have had numerous major medical problems due to this statin. I will be following Dr. Andrew Saul/Linus Pauling's recommendations for cardiovascular support.

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your cholesterol is probably down due to the Lipitor -makes no difference if it brand or generic-. Flush Free Niacin does not have the same effect as regular Niacin - all the info I have read says that Flush-Free Niacin will not lower cholesterol. suggest you do some more research - Also suggest you do research about using Niacin & a Statin which is what Lipitor is...

Things that I have read mentioned that someone should NOT take a Statin w/other products like Niacin...

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1/19/14 11:17 A

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My doctor had me get Niacin to take along with my generaic lipator. I use all Nature Made vitamins and minerals so I got the Flush-Free Niacin 500 mg and have not had any problems with it. I take the niacin at supper time and the cholesterol pill an hour before bed with water. My cholesterol was almost 300 and after 6 months on both it was 201 and is now 154. Still trying to lower it more by adding more good fruit and veggies.

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I'm using 500mg of Slo-Niacin - my test results are in, but waiting for other test results to come in b/4 I go to discuss it w/dr.

I had an interesting flushing from this several weeks ago - one of the gals mentioned that it might have been caused by my having tea about an hour before taking it. I was reading and all of a sudden I felt hot and itchy, got up took a look and sure enough I looked like I had a bad sunburn.

Stopped drinking tea at that hour of the evening - at least for a few weeks until Wednesday evening. It was cold when I got home and wanted something warm, yep made a cup of Tea - took the slo-niacin a little while later and sure enough about 20-30 minutes later, I was red and itchy..... emoticon

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Makes perfect sense to me. I do take niacin before bed but with an tylenol and if I eat too many carbs during the day, the flushing and "hot" feeling is worse.

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I take 1000mgs of niacin and can flush badly sometimes. I used to take it at night, but found often I'd wake up red and burning. Now I take it in the morning, and drink lots of water with it. That seems to keep the flushing to a minimum most of the time. Learned about this trick from:

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Something else I learned is to eat few carbs. It seems the more carbs I've eaten in a day, the worse the flushing. Had a laugh about this in the past because I've seen weight lifters talk about taking niacin for some reason. They will swallow it down with soda pop, and then complain about how red and on fire they feel for the next hour.

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Let me know what you find out.

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I've heard that, but I don't think the "Slo-Niacin" is non flushing - think the affects are not as severe as tne Niaspan. Waiting for the infomration from the mfr and will go from there.

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My dr told me that the non flushing niacin was worthless at controlling cholesterol. He said to save my money.

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My dr prescribed Niaspan - I took a baby aspirin about 30-60 minutes before I took the meds - went to bed - woke up in the middle of the night - w/a muscle cramp up the side of my leg and my entire body was on fire and itching like crazy. Needless to say the balance of the 30 day supply went back to the pharmacy.

There is something called Slo-Niacin am waiting for information from the mfr about it. In the past I took non-flush Niacin - don't know if that helps w/lowering cholesterol.

I am going back to either Cholestoff - unless I can find the Cholestoff Complete, which is supposed to be good for lowering cholesterol that is from Genetics not food - or Red Yeast Rice plus my Omega 3 & Coconut Oil Gel Caps. emoticon

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Ok, great. Thank you.

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High cholesterol runs in my family too. If you aren't on meds yet, ask your doctor if you can try it. Do not do it without checking with your doctor first!!!!!!

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I havn't been put on ay meds for Cholesterol YET, and hope to never be on any. I am trying to lower it the natural way first.
So, would I ask te Doctor about Niacin for my self? Or is it only If you are on Meds? I am afraid my cholesterol will partly be due to hereditaries.

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My doctor took me off meds and told me to take Niacin the same way. He also says to avoid the non flushing type as it doesn't work as well. So I take an aspirin 30 minutes before I take the niacin and then I go to bed. I haven't noticed any flushing when I get up in the morning. If you are already taking medication for cholesterol, please ask your doctor before taking niacin.

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Below is a link to the Mayo Clinic which explains some of what has been mentioned here.
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I've been taking a low dose aspirin for over 2 years now, cause heart problems run in Mother's side of family and I am trying to reduce my risks.
The niacin is what I will ask my Doctor about next visit. Ok, Thanx for the info.

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Yes, Niacin can help reduce Cholesterol. My doctor recommended it, and said to take the baby aspirin about a half hour before. Some people report feeling a warm rush, or flushing, after taking Niacin. There are anti-flushing types of Niacin on the drug store shelves, or you can take your aspirin just before. Just be sure it's a low-dose aspirin. No one needs a full dose just for this. Not on a daily basis. Talk to your doctor.

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Hi, What do you mean by flushing? Doe the Niacin help loer LDL & raise HDL? What is it's purpose, so I can ask my Doctor about if I should take it or not.

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I forgot to mention in my introduction that I'm also on Niacin. It seems like I'm taking so much stuff, I can barely remember what's for what anymore. My doctor suggested that, since I take a baby aspirin daily already, I take it at night, half an hour before I take the niacin, to prevent flushing, should it occur. I've done that religiously since she put me on it, and I've never had a flushing problem. I take the Pravastatin with the Niacin.

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