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[QUOTE=Wintergarden]Hi Babydog,

You don't have to start right off taking that much niacin, do you? Yikes!! I would start with a really small dose and work your way up gradually. I think that will help a lot! (hopefully) I remember the first time I blithely popped a 500mg "time-release" niacin. In 10 minutes, I looked like a tomato (so much for time released).

Why not give the aspirin trick a shot as well, if you can tolerate aspirin. Don't want to be uncomfortable if you can possibly avoid it! (oh boy, we're having a heat wave here in CA and the very thought of a niacin flush right now is giving me the vapors)

By th by, regarding the exercise, don't beat yourself up too much over this. I exercise like a demon every day and it didn't do a darned thing for my HDL. Wish I had the source handy to cite, but I recently read a study that showed exercise has little effect on HDL, UNLESS the person has metabolic syndrome. Those people get a HUGE benefit from exercise, including a hefty HDL boost. With your low triglycerides, I'm guessing you don't fall into that category (which is good!) Not that I'm saying we shouldn't all exercise, of course we should, it's just that some of us aren't going to get that much-touted HDL boost from it. You're probably right about the menopause connection! At least that will end though...someday (don't you wish there were an "OFF" switch you could flip on that whole deal? *sigh*)

Good luck and let us know how it goes! :)[/QUOTE]

Hello Wintergarden,
Wow, you are right! The doc prescribed this 2x a day. I think I should be taking half as much to start with. I went to the website and it says people usually start on 500mg to start and build up gradually.
I am going to call my doctor tomorrow. I called the pharmacist and he said it would be fine to just take the 500mg until I speak to the doctor. I don't think I will die if I just take half for the next day or so.

Thanks so much for your reply!.
[QUOTE=Mr.Chris]Hang in there. I had a similar experience as I also went on Niaspan about nine months ago. I started at 500mg for a few weeks, then when to 1000 mg for about a month before trying 1500mg. Now I take 1500 per day at a time (750mg twice). It worked for me, although the flushing concerned me initially. But it does appear harmless as my doctors says. My TC when from 340 to 240 and my Tri which were extremely high at 1126 when to 217. I also started a statin now and it's even lower but I prefer the natural way first.

Try this to help the flushing: take a full aspirin 1 hour before you take Niaspan and try a low fat snack and a full glass of water with the Niaspan. I found that exercise or activity increases your flushing so just try to be relaxed if possible. After a few months the flushing becomes part of your daily life and you notice it less but you never loose the feeling totally.

Hope that helps...[/QUOTE]

Hello Mr. Chris,

Thanks for your advice. I am currently taking just the 500mg since 7/13. In 2 weeks I will try the 1000mg which is the dose I am suppose to be taking.

I do take the aspirin and eat yogurt with the niaspan most days and that really helps.

But this is not an easy drug to take if you are female and going thru menopause! The body flushes without provocation at this time. I don't need the extra help! :D I'm kinda of wondering if maybe I shouldn't just ask the doc if I can switch to a statin or if I am opening a can of worms with that. :dizzy:

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