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Can anyone tell me why all the fuss about having doctor's supervision while taking niacin? I am a healthy, male with slightly high cholesterol who is now taking immediate release niacin daily. On the bottle of my niacin, which was bought over the counter it states "use under doctor's supervision". I am presently up to 750 mg. of niacin per day with minor flushing which I can live through. Juts curious about the "doctor's care" as the last time I remember telling my family doctor he just kind of shrugged and said O.K. when I told him I was taking it. Is there something I am missing here other than routine blood tests?
benson;
Thanks for your information and concern. I guess all of us are different in what we can each expect. You stated your husband has a pacemaker. Well I am not there yet thank God. I am 52 and otherwise very healthy. I exercise at least 3 times per week doing cardio and I take no prescription drugs.
I am presently up to 750 mg. of immediate release niacin per day. Any idea how much aspirin did they say to take before the niacin? one 325mg?
My understanding about niacin is that the only form that really works to raise your HDL is the immediate release which many people can't tolerate. I get minor flushing right now after taking IR niacin for three weeks.

HubbleRules;
I plan to get tested for my annual physical the 1st week in June using the VAP blood test. I am hoping for even better results this time due to RYR supplementation at night and the niacin.
[QUOTE=The Mayor;3560619]Can anyone tell me why all the fuss about having doctor's supervision while taking niacin? I am a healthy, male with slightly high cholesterol who is now taking immediate release niacin daily. On the bottle of my niacin, which was bought over the counter it states "use under doctor's supervision". I am presently up to 750 mg. of niacin per day with minor flushing which I can live through. Juts curious about the "doctor's care" as the last time I remember telling my family doctor he just kind of shrugged and said O.K. when I told him I was taking it. Is there something I am missing here other than routine blood tests?[/QUOTE]

Hi Mayor,

I've been taking NIACIN immediate release for approx. 6 years. Doses ranged from 2,000 to 5,000 mg daily. I am now taking a prescription immediate release Niacin called NIACOR. I chose the prescription form, because it is much cheaper purchasing through my prescription plan and at least I know the quality/quantity has been FDA approved. In all my blood tests throughout these years, NEVER did I have a raised liver enzyme or an abnormal reading. (My numbers actually lowered when compared to LIPITOR).
In 99.7 % of cases where niacin was suspected of causing liver damage, this only happened with the SUSTAINED release niacin. And even with the sustained niacin, the chances are extremely remote. The best NIACIN (if tolerable) is the Immediate release NIACIN (preferably NIACOR) or the EXTENDED release prescription form called NIASPAN. (You need a prescription) these two NIACIN forms are well proven, safe and effective.
Periodic blood tests are necessary anyway to check your cholesterol levels and be sure the niacin is working. While checking cholesterol levels it is best to check your liver enzymes anyway. (You kill 2 birds with one stone)





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