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High cholesterol runs in the family. I also have a brother who had heart bypass surgery at around 60 yrs. I've been taking the timed release formula of niacin, and the Inositol Hexanicotinate, flush free Niacin. I used some of the plain niacin, but don't like the way the pills stick to my mouth and don't go down easily. My tests have varied quite a bit. My first test in July, '01: total cholesterol was 351, triglycerides were 711, HDL was 39. After starting the 10 mg. Lipitor for 3 months, the total C dropped to 206, and the Trig. to 346, HDL was still 39, and LDL 98. By July '02, total C was 216, trig was 433, HDL was 37. Can't test the LDL if trigs are over 400. Increased Lipitor, then in Nov.'02 total C was 172, trigs 287, HDL 42, LDL 73. I think I was on 80mg by this time. Then in Feb '03, total C was 273 and trigs were 1055! That's when the doctor put me on high doses of Niacin. In May '03, total C was 269 and trigs were 490. I should have been tested mid-summer, but never got around to it, then in Nov., C was back up to over 300, so he had me go back on Lipitor along with Niacin. After reading these posts, I've stopped taking the Niacin until I check with the doc. Also want to ask him about doing a thyroid test.
[QUOTE=cowboy51]High cholesterol runs in the family. I also have a brother who had heart bypass surgery at around 60 yrs. I've been taking the timed release formula of niacin, and the Inositol Hexanicotinate, flush free Niacin. I used some of the plain niacin, but don't like the way the pills stick to my mouth and don't go down easily. My tests have varied quite a bit. My first test in July, '01: total cholesterol was 351, triglycerides were 711, HDL was 39. [COLOR=Red][SIZE=4]After starting the 10 mg. Lipitor for 3 months, the total C dropped to 206, and the Trig. to 346, HDL was still 39, and LDL 98[/SIZE][/COLOR]. By July '02, total C was 216, trig was 433, HDL was 37. Can't test the LDL if trigs are over 400. Increased Lipitor, then in Nov.'02 total C was 172, trigs 287, HDL 42, LDL 73. I think I was on 80mg by this time. Then in Feb '03, total C was 273 and trigs were 1055! That's when the doctor put me on high doses of Niacin. In May '03, total C was 269 and trigs were 490. I should have been tested mid-summer, but never got around to it, then in Nov., C was back up to over 300, so he had me go back on Lipitor along with Niacin. .[/QUOTE]

The highlight is what I'd take heart with. I'd recommend back to the 10 mg. Lipitor and add fish oils to up the HDL and a test of some rather severe low carbbing to lower the triglycerides. I wonder what it was that blew these rather decent results (comparatively) to smithereens????

(I don't think much of the slow release nicotinate...It seems to me that "no-flush" is synonymous with "no-good" IMHO)





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