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Re: Niacin
Dec 18, 2007
I would ask your Doctor about prescription Niaspan... has way less flushing than immediate release niacin.

To give you your answer, niacin is most theriputic at 2000 mg a day. It is best taken at bedtime, for the best results.

A typical regimine is to start out at 500 mg a day for 4 weeks, and then increase the dose by 500 mg every 4 weeks.

The flushing can be pretty painful for some... but if you stick to it, the flushing will deminish over time.

The flushing is not dangerous... although some unsuspecting folks taking niacin for the first time swears it is... only because they were surprised and did not know about the flushing... :D

I take 3000 mg of niacin a day in the form of Niaspan... and do not have any issues with the flushing. I do get flushing sometimes, but it goes away in about 30 minutes.

Best of luck! :)

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