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I was wondering if anyone has started taking non-prescription Niacin to help in their efforts to lower LDL and raise HDL, and, if so, has it worked?

Or, do you need a doctor's prescription to start taking it (in large doses)?

If it's worked, what kind? Immediate, delayed release? How much?

If, come my next blood test, my results aren't better, I might consider taking Niacin as I've heard nothing but good about it for lowering LDL and raising HDL.
From my own experience I've been taking niacin for nearly 20 years, and it has raised my HDL significantly. You don't need a prescription for it unless you are taking Niaspan, which is only available by prescription. I take immediate-release niacin, 250mg four times a day, for a total of 1000mg. Immediate-release niacin is probably best used for raising HDL. If you are more concerned about lowering LDL, I've heard that time-release niacin is best used for that.

I'm not a doctor, so I really can't make any recommendations as to how much or what form of niacin will benefit you most. It would probably be better if you talk this over with your doctor. He can probably best advise you as to which form of niacin would be best for you, and how much to take.
mg_health,

I just started taking niacin (Inositol Hexanicotinate) 3 days ago.

I bought the 'No Flush Niacin' brand from 'Source Naturals'. I've started on 250mg/day. My first few doses caused a mild tingling sensation in my lips, and the first night I did feel a strange feeling in my throat, almost like a mild constriction.

The last 2 doses did not cause any wierd sensation in the throat. I was reading that IH is supposed to be the best tolerated niacin, and about as effective as the immediate release.

I have my next blood work on June 24th - and I want to increase my HDL level. I'm also exercising regularly again (jogging 3 miles 3-4 times/week), but even when I was younger and more active than today, I was never able to budge my HDL above about 45. I hope the niacin finally budges it significantly.

HubbleRules


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[QUOTE=HubbleRules]mg_health,

I just started taking niacin (Inositol Hexanicotinate) 3 days ago.

I bought the 'No Flush Niacin' brand from 'Source Naturals'. I've started on 250mg/day. My first few doses caused a mild tingling sensation in my lips, and the first night I did feel a strange feeling in my throat, almost like a mild constriction.

The last 2 doses did not cause any wierd sensation in the throat. I was reading that IH is supposed to be the best tolerated niacin, and about as effective as the immediate release.

I have my next blood work on June 24th - and I want to increase my HDL level. I'm also exercising regularly again (jogging 3 miles 3-4 times/week), but even when I was younger and more active than today, I was never able to budge my HDL above about 45. I hope the niacin finally budges it significantly.

HubbleRules


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I guess, for some people, they may never be able to naturally increase their HDL levels. I feel I may be one of those as well. Please let me (us) know when you get your upcoming results. Hopefully, the niacin works for you! My HDL is currently at 36. It's been as low as 26! Usually, however, it hovers in the mid-30s. There has been a correlation, though, between my levels of triglycerides and my levels of HDL: when my triglycerides were higher, my HDL was lower. When my triglycerides got lower, my HDL levels increased respectively.
Hubble,

Do you mean that you've also experienced some side-effects from inositol hexanicotinate? Wow, that must mean that it contains niacin after all. I've always been a regular user of plain immediate-release niacin, and sometimes experience some flushing, which I never minded. But when I tried flush-free niacin, I felt nothing! Absolutely nothing at all. For me, it was like drinking a glass of water. Anyway, I hope it works for you. But don't be surprised if you find that much higher doses are required in order for it to have much of an effect. You may even have to take as much as 2000-3000mg. But of course I hope you are able to get good results with lower doses.
[QUOTE=ARIZONA73]Hubble,

Do you mean that you've also experienced some side-effects from inositol hexanicotinate? Wow, that must mean that it contains niacin after all. I've always been a regular user of plain immediate-release niacin, and sometimes experience some flushing, which I never minded. But when I tried flush-free niacin, I felt nothing! Absolutely nothing at all. For me, it was like drinking a glass of water. Anyway, I hope it works for you. But don't be surprised if you find that much higher doses are required in order for it to have much of an effect. You may even have to take as much as 2000-3000mg. But of course I hope you are able to get good results with lower doses.[/QUOTE]


Arizona,

I guess everyone reacts differently to meds and supplements. I had a 'mild' reaction with the IH. I'm purposely taking it slow, and will gradually build up the doseage if I do not notice a significant increase in my HDL.

However, I'd be afraid to go as high as 2000-3000mg - I don't know if I could handle that level. The instructions from internet site where I bought it said to take 500mg 3x per day for a total of 1500mg - don't know if I'd ever go that high.

Right now the reaction I feel is very mild - but I found it wierd that my lips tingled very slightly the next day... I'm taking another dose as I type right now.

Mg_Health,

You sound like you have the same issue as I do - an HDL level that is stuck at a low point. Mine also usually comes in at the high 30s, 45 is off the chart for me.

I'm exercising again, and dropping weight, and cutting back on carbs, so hopefully my triglycerides will be much improved at my next blood test, and hopefully that will improve the HDL level.

I will post my results (probably end of June).

Regards,

HubbleRules

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[QUOTE=mg_health]I was wondering if anyone has started taking non-prescription Niacin to help in their efforts to lower LDL and raise HDL, and, if so, has it worked?

Or, do you need a doctor's prescription to start taking it (in large doses)?

If it's worked, what kind? Immediate, delayed release? How much?

If, come my next blood test, my results aren't better, I might consider taking Niacin as I've heard nothing but good about it for lowering LDL and raising HDL.[/QUOTE]

MG,

I take NIACIN. (with excellent results). I take immediate release tablets. (approx. 3,000 mg a day) I do not find any difference between my prescription brand "NIACOR" or any other store bought niacin. The only reason I mainly take the prescription brand is because my prescription plan provides me a 90 limit for a very small co-pay (approx. $10.00)

Also, it is a good idea to work with your doctor on the optimal dose. He may want you to take 500 mg a day for awhile, and then check your blood results. (Which makes sense).
[QUOTE=jdmol]I have been taking Niacin for 10 years now and it does work. You should really consult your physician though as you need a liver enzyme test to get a base line before you start. Then follow up tests once a year should do well. I was taking 500 mg four times a day when my cholesterol was through the roof. The last time I had it checked my cholesterol was around 140 so I backed off to 200 mg 4 times a day. On the high dosages I was taking I noticed my skin was developing large dry patches everywhere that was covered. I have been using the NO FLUSH version of it but even the regular kind flushes me only fhe first day or two then after that there's no problem at all.[/QUOTE]

jdmol,

Did you notice an increase in HDL the longer you took niacin? I've been taking niacin approx 3 years, my HDL is about 47. I take between 2000 - 3000mg of immediate release a day. (prescription brand NIACOR)





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