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I am now beginning my second month of Niacin therapy in hopes to raise my HDL. Currently I am taking 1,000mg immediate release at bed time under my Doctor’s care. I was wondering if anyone has had great results over all with Niacin and having Niacin raise their HDL levels? I was advised that immediate release is best for raising HDL. Also I heard the longer you take Niacin the better the results as it works slowly. Just was wondering if anyone has seen great results in their lipid profile with Niacin? As of this past August my HDL was at 42 and am due for another test this coming February.
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Keep up the great work with Niaspan! I saw your results and they are outstanding. I hope that adding 1,000mg will help boost my HDL. I am optimistic and hope by February to see some results. Will give a full report once tested.
I have been on 1000 mg niaspan for close to 5 months now and am encouraged by the results. My HDL went up for the first time in my life after the first three months from about 42 to 56. My last blood test the results were not quite as dramatic but still very good... HDL dropped to about 52. My Total cholesterol to HDL ratio was 2.85. I have been thinking about increasing the dosage but my doctor advised me against it as my numbers are looking pretty good on the 1000 mg . I guess more is not necessarily better?The last couple of days I have taken an extra 500 mg of the ordinary niacin with very little flushing. I have a bottle of niacin that I tried before going on niaspan. I took one dose and thought I was about to die... I broke out in great red welts and was burning up.Not Good.I guess my body has built up a tolerance these last 5 months. I anyone taking just regular niacin and having favourable results. I have been toying with the idea of just going on the regular niacin as my tolerance seems OK now. Any help would be appreciated....... Jim
[QUOTE=jimmydale57;3282152]I have been on 1000 mg niaspan for close to 5 months now and am encouraged by the results. My HDL went up for the first time in my life after the first three months from about 42 to 56. My last blood test the results were not quite as dramatic but still very good... HDL dropped to about 52. My Total cholesterol to HDL ratio was 2.85. I have been thinking about increasing the dosage but my doctor advised me against it as my numbers are looking pretty good on the 1000 mg . I guess more is not necessarily better?The last couple of days I have taken an extra 500 mg of the ordinary niacin with very little flushing. I have a bottle of niacin that I tried before going on niaspan. I took one dose and thought I was about to die... I broke out in great red welts and was burning up.Not Good.I guess my body has built up a tolerance these last 5 months. I anyone taking just regular niacin and having favourable results. I have been toying with the idea of just going on the regular niacin as my tolerance seems OK now. Any help would be appreciated....... Jim[/QUOTE]


Glad to see that you have received positive results with your numbers. Yes immediate release Niacin can be extremely intense at first. Currently, I take 1,500mg immediate release at bed time. I still flush but am used to it. It took me a good two months to get used to the flushing and other side effects. After time I have built up a tolerance. My Doctor refuses to prescribe me Niaspan for some reason and has me on the immediate release form. Niaspan is a great medication but most Doctor's here in the States are unwilling to prescribe it. All the best.
[QUOTE=jimmydale57;3282488]Thank you for the quick response.When do you think you will getting tested again.? I think you will find that your HDL numbers improve. I would be very interested to know the results when you get them. Niaspan is working for me but if the regular niacin does the same or better would interested in changing. Has your doctor recommended a specific brand of niacin? It certainly help the bank account being able to switch. All the Best...... Jim[/QUOTE]

My next test will be in February. This will give me a sold five months on Niacin. On my last lipid panel this past August my HDL was at 42. I was very surprised as I am do high impact cardio 30mins at five days a week. After I told my Doctor that he recommend Niacin as working out and diet did not raise my HDL. My Doctor recommend me to take
Twin Labs Crystalline Niacin. I take 1,500mg all at bed time. To my understanding immediate release Niacin works better raising your HDL and is safer to take than time released. Niaspan is safe to take but other over the counter time release preparations my not be safe. If you can tolerate the flush of immediate release talk to your Doctor.

All the best
so non-flush niacin is not nescessarily slow release then?

anyways, I've been thinking, since the RYR worked so well for me other than stomach problems, and my HDL is ok

I think I'll take it with food only and not at night. I know it works better at night but maybe there won't be any reflux that way.
makes sense?





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