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started taking Immediate release niacin about 4 years ago. Started at 500mg a day (twice daily) use to look like a red lobster. Would last about 1 hr.
Now I take 3500mg daily divided into 3 dosages (1000mg, 1000mg and 1500mg at bed time) very little flushing now. Cholesterol numbers are fantastic!
An excellent over the counter Niacin is CARLSON Immediate release (500mg tab). Keep away from any timed release niacin (over the counter). Almost all cases of liver damage have occurred with timed/sustained release formulas. Of course NIASPAN which is Extended Release and Lab tested to precise standards has not caused these liver problems. NIASPAN is also very expensive. If you have Prescription Insurance this is not a concern. I take a prescription brand of niacin (Immediate release) called NIACOR (3,000 mg a day). It is much cheaper than Niaspan. One thing I can say about Niacin is do not self-treat yourself (especially with any time release verison). Your doctor will want to monitor your liver enzymes periodically as a pre-caution. A good way to start taking niacin (over the counter) is to start with a low dose about(50 mg. immediate release) then slowly increase till you reach about 500 to 1,000 mg a day. The CVS brand is a good choice. They sell a small bottle of100mg tablets (immediate release) which you can split in half. That is the way I started almost 6 years ago.

P.S Don't be afraid of the flush... The flush is great for your blood vessels. Niacin vasodilates, increases circulation and the flush cleans the dirt/impurities from your system. Many say that the flush is the healing power of niacin. We should seek that flush according to altrernative doctors.

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