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11/9/08 12:49 P

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Niaspan is a prescription grade of niacin. Other than being more pure and of higher strength it's the same as you can buy over the counter. But, being stronger means you have to be careful and watch your blood and liver levels closely. It does cause flushing, just like the OTC type. Some people are more affected by it than others. I took OTC niacin for awhile and did not have any flushing, but there was something else I didn't like so I stopped taking it. I think I was a bit afraid of the liver connection. My cholesterol isn't all that high and I didn't want to turn a small problem into a large one. The statins are derived from natural medicines, like niacin, but they are far more concentrated so the odds of a severe reaction is that much higher. Every drug (including the 'natural' ones) has side effects. Often times, the side effects are worse than the condition you are being treated for. It's a catch-22 situation. Keep in touch with your doctor, and make sure he or she is aware of YOUR results. Doctors don't know everything, and they are only human, too. Often the only thing they know is what the drug manufacturer tells them. And we all know just how honest THEY are, right?


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11/7/08 11:59 P

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I never heard of this medication,until I read about it on here. Sure glad that I'm not on that. My doctor does keep an eye on my liver,too, because of the tricor.

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11/7/08 12:29 P

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I'm sorry you had the reaction. That wasn't a good outcome. Niaspan is the basis for some of the statin drugs. It does have side effects, some severe. So do the statin drugs. I think they are supposed to start you out at a low dosage, gradually increasing the dose. It sounds like you were given the full dose all at once. I tried taking regular niacin supplements and didn't like the results so I stopped taking it. I do know that it is imperative that you tale coQ10 enzymes with it. Same for statins. The doctors seldom ever mention this, though. Niacin is very good at lowering cholesterol but there is a high risk for your liver and other organs. I prefer diet and exercise, myself. No side effects.

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11/5/08 11:18 P

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I know that this reply is coming late, but niaspan sent me to the hospital... I didn't have any side effects for a week and a half and then I woke up thinking that I was being set on FIRE (worst "hot flash" ever), then I asked my husband for a cold wash cloth, went to the bathroom and fainted. stopped breathing and everything. I do NOT like that med. I didn't know at the time that there was an otc non-flushing kind...but I don't want anything to do with it.

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6/5/08 2:35 P

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I must really be dense! I have gone to my sparkpage, I have tried to edit it. I have looked all over the pages, including the right side, left side, top side and bottom side. I don't see anything about signatures. So I seem to be missing something.

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6/3/08 8:09 P

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PC_BOB,
1. Go to PC_BOB'S PAGE.
2. Click 'edit my Spark Page'.
3. Right arrow clear over to right side of page
and you scroll down until you see boxes.
4. Look for the box that says 'personal
signature'. (It should be right across from
your 'spark team boxes'..mine is)
5. Write something you want to show..anything
you want.
6. When you are done, click 'SAVE CHANGES' at
either the top right, or bottom right of
the page, and you are DONE! Woo Hoo!!!!
7. You can go back and change the things on
there if you want. Just make sure to SAVE
the changes, after you do.

Please let me know if this helps, or if it works! I
LOVE helping people, if I know how. Techie things are
definitely NOT my area of expertise though. emoticon

Edited by: HUPAMONI at: 6/3/2008 (21:42)
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6/3/08 7:41 P

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PC_BOB, It is one of the last things on the page...
called 'personal signature'. (after clicking 'edit my
spark page') You just type whatever you want, click
'save changes' and it should appear when you post,
underneath. You can even go back and re-enter new or
different things and change it, if it is not right.
Just be sure to 'save changes' whatever it is you enter that is new. Let me know. I am gonna go there now and make sure I
told you right, but I checked it out before I typed
the instructions. Gonna go back and see if I can make
it easier for you to find. No, you are NOT obtuse...
(getting out dictionary, lol) If you knew how bad I was...well, you get my drift!! emoticon

Edited by: HUPAMONI at: 6/3/2008 (21:38)
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just under-tall! :-)
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6/3/08 1:54 P

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I know that at times I can be very obtuse, but for the life of me I can't find the place to enter a signature. I have seen it before, but today it eludes me.

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6/3/08 8:46 A

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Have not heard of it before.
Glad to know you are not having any side effects so far. emoticon

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6/2/08 4:04 P

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PC_BOB, Go to your Spark Page. Click 'edit my spark
page'. Look to the bottom lower right for 'personal
signature'. There is where you write what you want to
show. After you are done, click 'Save changes' and
you should see it right away on your posts! Can't
wait to see what you put, as you seem to have a great
sense of humor! emoticon

I am not overweight,
just under-tall! :-)
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God...one day at a time.


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6/2/08 1:55 P

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My doctor has me on a statin and Niaspan. I have blood tests regularly and so far no problems.

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6/2/08 1:02 P

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I really need to re-research it, but as I recall it replaces some things that the heart needs to stay healthy, that the statins take away. These things (enzymes, proteins, or whatever they are) are needed by all of our organs, brain included. When there is a lack or shortage we get the aches and pains. It also contributes to 'brain fog' or dementia. Many or most of our elderly in the nursing homes are on some kind of statin, and dementia runs rampant in those places. And they DO NOT get enzyme CoQ10. Prudence would indicate that taking it is a good thing. I just wish it wasn't so durn expensive. It's like Cholestoff Complete; really good stuff and really expensive.

One thing, tho, be carefull if you are on statins and taking any form of niacin. I've read that this isn't a good idea. Ask your doctor about it. We don't want any more problems, right?


Bob


PS How do you get those neat litle sayings, in red, at the ends of your messages?

Edited by: PC_BOB at: 6/2/2008 (13:01)
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5/31/08 6:40 P

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Thanks for all the input. Irene, I will do that web
search, thanks! PC_BOB, what does the CoQ10 do? I
have seen it, but don't know much about it. I have
had really bad liver enzymes while on statins, and
the muscle pain. I am willing to at least try the
Niaspan to see if I tolerate it well. Ya just never
know...maybe God will help me find a drug I can
tolerate through threading on Sparks!! God bless!!

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5/31/08 6:07 P

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Just make sure they test your liver functions regularly. Both niacin and the statins (which are made from rd rice yeast) can have bad effects on your liver. Probably best to take enzyme coq10 with them.

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My doctor seems to think the Niaspan is helping. So as long as you don't have side effects, I see nothing wrong with taking it. Good luck!

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5/31/08 12:57 P

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Linda, Does it work? Dumb question I am sure, if you
have been on it for years. That is one drug I have not tried...I 'think' I have tried literally all the
rest! I HAVE to do SOMETHING to get mine down. I am
eating right, exercising and drinking my water, for
the FIRST time in my life, but my cholesterol #'s go
UP, not down...although I have not had it tested in
a while. They used to call me several times a year,
but this past year, since I can't really take anything for it because the drugs hurt me, they just
don't call much, anymore. All my medical team will be
VERY surprised to see how much weight I have lost. I
used to be 235, and now am hovering right at 200!!!
Thank you for telling me that you take it, and you
have NO side effects! Gonna see my doc this week, or
any doc they have available to see if I can at least
try it.

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I am not on Niaspan so can't help you, sorry. Mary:)

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I have been on Niaspan for a couple of years and having no side effects from it.

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5/31/08 7:32 A

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If you do a web search - thru SP you will also get pts for it - on Niaspan you will find lots of info.

It is a RX'd medication.

The Non-Flush Niacin I use is OTC (non-Rx)





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5/31/08 1:55 A

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Gonna have to ask my doc about that one. No-flush?
Is it prescription, or over the counter?

Edited by: HUPAMONI at: 5/31/2008 (01:55)
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My Dr. has put me on Niaspan which is a non flush
niacin ned cine. So far I haven't had any side effects like I had with the statins.
Would like some feedback on this medicine from others.

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