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Hello Arizona77,

I don't know why you are even bothering with the red yeast rice. Your total cholesterol is not even close to being high. In fact, it's rather low. However, I do agree that you should try to raise the HDL. Niacin should help. I know it has helped me. The best form of niacin to use for raising HDL is the immediate-release form, not the time-release. Plus, it's easier on the liver. Try taking 250mg four times a day, for a total of 1000mg. However, you may want to start with a lower dose if you have problems tolerating it, then gradually increase the dosage. Personally, if I were you, I would forget about the red yeast rice for now, and just focus on increasing the HDL with niacin.
[QUOTE=ARIZONA73;3164509]Hello Arizona77,

I don't know why you are even bothering with the red yeast rice. Your total cholesterol is not even close to being high. In fact, it's rather low. However, I do agree that you should try to raise the HDL. Niacin should help. I know it has helped me. The best form of niacin to use for raising HDL is the immediate-release form, not the time-release. Plus, it's easier on the liver. Try taking 250mg four times a day, for a total of 1000mg. However, you may want to start with a lower dose if you have problems tolerating it, then gradually increase the dosage. Personally, if I were you, I would forget about the red yeast rice for now, and just focus on increasing the HDL with niacin.[/QUOTE]

Hi Arizona73,

I am thinking of stopping the Red Yeast rice and taking 500mg Niacin twice daily. Is this also effective in lowering LDL and TRIG. My LDL and TRIG are great now but I really want to raise my HDL. How much has the Niacin increased your HDL?
Hi Arizona77,

As far as triglycerides are concerned, I think the best thing that you can do is to cut back on your carbohydrate intake.

For lowering LDL, a time-release niacin is probably best. For increasing HDL, an immediate-release niacin is better.

In my case, I may be somewhat of an anomaly. My HDL was never very low, always in the 60s. But since I've started taking niacin religiously (for some 20 years already), my HDL is now over 100! Of course, in addition to niacin, I've also been taking a lot of other supplements as well.:wave:
I am now taking 500mg regular non time released niacin twice day totaling 1,000mg. I know this is a low dosage as some take up to 3,000mg a day. I was just wondering if my current dosage 500mg twice a day immediate release is going to be hard on my liver? I know that time released Niacin can case more liver problems. I was wondering if anyone has taken this dosage of immediate release Niacin and has not had any issues? Also I stopped taking Red Yeast Rice which I heard can be hard on your liver as well. Does anyone know if Red Yeast Rice is harsher on your liver than niacin?
Hi Arizona73,

I just started immediate release niacin 500mg twice a day totaling 1,000mg. Just have had some flushing and some side effects but was advised with continued use they will subside more. I wanted to ask you since you have taken niacin so long have you had any liver problems? My Doctor told me that time released Niacin was not an option as it can cause liver problems. I am doing better each day as I continue to take the Niacin. Since you have been taking it for so long have you had any other problems with Niacin? Thank you very much in advanced.
Hi Arizona77,

In all the years that I have been taking niacin, I have never had any problems with it. I take the immediate-release niacin (250mg four times a day). I think that most people can safely take up to 1000mg. Sometimes I'll still experience a flushing sensation, and other times I won't. I'm not sure why that is. Aside from the fact that immediate-release niacin is easier on the liver than time-release, it is also better for raising HDL levels.
[QUOTE=ARIZONA73;3189047]Hi Arizona77,

In all the years that I have been taking niacin, I have never had any problems with it. I take the immediate-release niacin (250mg four times a day). I think that most people can safely take up to 1000mg. Sometimes I'll still experience a flushing sensation, and other times I won't. I'm not sure why that is. Aside from the fact that immediate-release niacin is easier on the liver than time-release, it is also better for raising HDL levels.[/QUOTE]

Hi Arizona73,

Thank you for your response. I stopped the Niacin this past week but want to go back on it. I had major flushing and a real bad headache all week while I was taking it. I think my problem was that I was doing 500mg a day for three days then I bumped it up to 500mg twice a day. I think it is best if I go back to start on a low dose may be 100mg once a day and gradually build up. My doctor advise me he had no issues of me taking 1,000mg immediate release daily. How would you suggest me increasing my dosage? What I understand it is best to increase after a week or so and then move up.
Please remember (for safety) that there is NOT a 1:1 ratio between the different Niacin products so if you switch from dietary supplement niacin and go to Rx Niaspan you do have to re-titrate. Same is true if you switch from immediate release to sustained to timed to whatever.





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