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I presume, as the previous poster did as well, that the term refers to timed-release niacin. The theory is that by dribbling the niacin out slowly (timed-release) you are less likely to have the sometimes-painful flush symptoms that come from immediate release niacin.

You should do further research - there are a couple of recent studies regarding the liver and the effects of timed-released niacin. Personally, I prefer the immediate release since my cardiologist is adamant that it is more effective. I take 2 500 mg tabs (at different times of day) and get around the flushing by taking an 81mg aspirin with each niacin tab.
The posters below are correct, it is simply niacin with a timed release. There is also flush-free niacin, but that is useless for improving lipids.

Immediate release is probably best, especially for raising HDL. But not everybody can tolerate it.

Niaspan or Slo-Niacin are two alternatives, that do show benefit too. But there may be a slightly increased chance of liver problems from timed release. For some people, there may be no difference between Niaspan and IR release, regarding benefits or liver problems.

I had to drop Niacin myself because of heart palpitations from it. Which is another reason it's best to only take it under the care of a doctor.
[QUOTE=arlynsmith;3854238]I presume, as the previous poster did as well, that the term refers to timed-release niacin. The theory is that by dribbling the niacin out slowly (timed-release) you are less likely to have the sometimes-painful flush symptoms that come from immediate release niacin.

You should do further research - there are a couple of recent studies regarding the liver and the effects of timed-released niacin. Personally, I prefer the immediate release since my cardiologist is adamant that it is more effective. I take 2 500 mg tabs (at different times of day) and get around the flushing by taking an 81mg aspirin with each niacin tab.[/QUOTE]

I take 5mg of Lipitor daily by cutting the 10mg pills in half. Why? Because the 10mg pills gave me severe physical depression and a feeling that I would soon die. The 5mg dose helps to lower my LDL without noticeable side effects.

I take 500mg of slo-niacin at bedtime. Why? because I notice no flushing and my cardiologist regards that dose as safe without close medical supervision. It has raised my HDL to a sufficient level.

I also take ubiquonol (CoQ10), low dose aspirin and a number of other heart-healthy supplements.

My point is that it may be better to depend upon exercise, nutrition and a variety of supplements than to expect one block-buster drug to confer health. I am 84 years old and old age has a way of reducing the margins of safety which exist in young bodies. After a while, I suppose the margins will vanish entirely.
[QUOTE=namelessme;3854295]The posters below are correct, it is simply niacin with a timed release. There is also flush-free niacin, but that is useless for improving lipids.

Immediate release is probably best, especially for raising HDL. But not everybody can tolerate it.

Niaspan or Slo-Niacin are two alternatives, that do show benefit too. But there may be a slightly increased chance of liver problems from timed release. For some people, there may be no difference between Niaspan and IR release, regarding benefits or liver problems.

I had to drop Niacin myself because of heart palpitations from it. Which is another reason it's best to only take it under the care of a doctor.[/QUOTE]

Nameless,

I am curious if you started back on the Slo-Niacin? I am considering starting back in addition to fish oil. Were/are you using Lipitor (or another statin) too?





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