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I started taking niaspan about 9 months ago with very favourable results. I was taking 1000 mg a day . About 6 months ago I doubled the dose to 2000 mg of regular niacin. My results 3 months ago were

Jan04/08 Tot cholesterol 153,trig 18,HDL 67.5,LDL 77

My recent results were

April 03 /08 Tot cholesterol141,trig14,HDL 63,LDL 71

I have been also taking fish oil supplements and 20 mg of zocor daily.
I get plenty of exercise every day... swimming and walking and also have "tried" to watch the diet. I have been following the South Beach diet guidelines since the end of February this year. I have lost about 45 pounds since then. I imagine that it is a combination of these medications and changes in lifestyle are resulting in these good results.I had a heart attack in 2002 and three stents in the right coronary artery so that was a wake-up call. After that I lost quite a bit of weight and then gained it all back slowly until I decided ( on doctors strong advice)to do something about it this past February. I have been very pleased with the results of the regular niacin therapy and would recommend it highly. The flushing is different for everyone and takes some time to get used to. I get regular blood test every 3 months for cholesterol and liver function tests. I hope this post is some help to anyone considering niacin therapy.

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