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Niaspan
Mar 10, 2008
I noticed that the cost of prescription niaspan is pretty high compared to over the counter niacin. A suggested dose of 1000 mg of niaspan per day suppose to be a safe dose to help reduce high cholesterol.
My question is this: Since I am under a doctors care anyway for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, and receive regular blood tests, would you think the use of regular over the counter niacin could give me similar results? I am already taking 6 different kinds of medicine and would like to try to limit my prescription costs.
Re: Niaspan
Mar 19, 2008
Did the over-the-counter niacin help lower your cholesterol?
I keep hearing different things about that. Some people say that the only kind that works is the prescription kind like Niaspan.

Thanks
Re: Niaspan
Mar 19, 2008
[QUOTE=aschichler;3494099]Did the over-the-counter niacin help lower your cholesterol?
I keep hearing different things about that. Some people say that the only kind that works is the prescription kind like Niaspan.

Thanks[/QUOTE]

Immediate release niacin or certain sustained released types (Slo-niacin, Enduracin) should be effective too. The type that probably isn't effective is marketed as 'no-flush' niacin, Inositol Hexanicotinate.

If on a limited budget, ask your doctor if you can switch to immediate release (if the flush doesn't bother you) or something like Enduracin. The OTC sustained release types might be as effective as Niaspan, but the data there is limited. I think Enduracin has some clinic studies behind it, at least. Not sure about Slo-Niacin... ask your doc and see what he/she says.

And be sure to get regular blood work, to make sure your liver feels good.





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