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I guess I was lucky and did not suffer adverse effects from the Tricor (it is a fibrate rather than a statin). At this stage, weight loss and diet change keep my triglycerides down below 60 mg/dL. They once were well in excess of 400.

As for the fish oil, I do use that religiously. I take 3 2-g capsules daily. I think the minimum therapeutic dose is 3g/day. I am not totally sure on that one though.

As for folic acid for homocysteine, the minimum therapeutic dose, from what I remember, is 1000 ug. The suggestion of taking a supplement with a 800 ug table of folic acid is exactly what I do daily.

If you are concerned about the homocysteine, and associated link to heart disease, then I would also suggest taking an aspirin daily. Aspirin will greatly benefit the arterial inflammation/risk associated with higher C-reactive protein levels.

[This message has been edited by ubernier (edited 11-25-2002).]
I was on Tricor for about two years and it didn't do anything for me. My total cholestrol was about 300 and my trycyicerides were about 800. I didn't have any side effects from the Tricor, just no reusults. After a couple of years of this, I moved and my MD put me on Lipitor. It was the worst 6 weeks of my life. I wanted to put a gun to my head almost every day, the only thing that kept me from doing it was the thought of what it would do to my wife and kids. I went off the Lipitor because of a health insurance issue, and after about a week, I realized that I felt "normal" again. At this time my chol was still about 250 and tg about 400. In the mean time, I had a cardiac "event" and had a stint installed. I had a 98% blockage in one artery and 40% in two others. I went to Wal-Mart and bought a bottle of time release Niacin and started at 1000 mg, worked up to 2000 mg. My next blood test, the nurse called and was yelling at me what the hell was I chol was about 180 and my TG were about 150. I told her I had gone off the Lipitor and now I had proof that I needed to be on Niaspan. The MD's don't want to prescribe Niaspan for some reason, I've heard the "better than sliced bread" excuse myself. The only reason I would rather use Naispan than what they sell at Wal-Mart is that it's supposed to be safer on the liver. Supposedly, the generic time-release niacin they sell at drug stores is pretty hard on your liver, but if that's the only way you will get them to give you the "real thing", then so be it. My liver enzymes were a little high after taking the OTC stuff, never since I started the Niaspan.

My advice...don't take the statins unless it's a last resort. I take the Niaspan, aspirin, guglipoids, pyrithrone, and polycolsonol, among other things. I eat fast food no more than once a week (usually chicken). My "numbers" are good enough for me. I scuba dive, walk everywhere I don't have to drive, etc. I sit behind a desk for 8 hours a day and have a 3 hour commute, so I don't have a whole lot of time for exercise, so I think I'm doing the best I can.

Don't let the doctors take you for a ride. I learned a lot off this board and surfing the have to find your own way.

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