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I've been taking 2000mg immediate release Niacin every night for about 3 months. In 2011, I had 3 tests done and averaged the following:

Triglycerides: 119
LDL: 143
HDL: 49
Total: 216

I just got my results back after 3 months of 2000mg Niacin:

Tri: 95
LDL: 149
HDL: 62
Total: 230

My HDL is up about 25%. Amazing results from Niacin. Triglycerides were down some too (also take fish oil). I think I will take RYR every night at bedtime and see if I can get that LDL down in the low 100's. I'll report back.

But its true immediate release Niacin will dramatically increase your HDL! Flushing is minimal for me after the first few weeks, as long as I take every day.
[QUOTE=ArbyMelt;4913526]Flushing is minimal for me after the first few weeks, as long as I take every day.[/QUOTE]

I've been contemplating starting Niacin for my cholesterol. There are a few things that i haven't been able to find an answer for and you might have hinted at the fact that you know:

* you said as long as you take it every day - what happens if you miss a dose or two? does the flushing come back right away?

* I've also read that you shouldn't consume alcohol whilst on niacin. Is that because it makes the flushing worse? if so, is it fine to take niacin in the morning and have a beer or two at night? Or are there interactions with the liver such that you have to not drink at all, ever?

Thanks!
I'm not Arbhy but I can tell you my experience.

I actually skip a day here and there to push more flushing because I am now on a maintenance dose and the flushing is minimal to none. You want to have some flushing. After you establish yourself at a particular level it's fine to skip one day. It will produce more flushing the next day but not so much as to be unbearable!

A beer or two, IMO, is not going to harm you.

Jen
[QUOTE=dolhop;4927425]I've been contemplating starting Niacin for my cholesterol. There are a few things that i haven't been able to find an answer for and you might have hinted at the fact that you know:

* you said as long as you take it every day - what happens if you miss a dose or two? does the flushing come back right away?

* I've also read that you shouldn't consume alcohol whilst on niacin. Is that because it makes the flushing worse? if so, is it fine to take niacin in the morning and have a beer or two at night? Or are there interactions with the liver such that you have to not drink at all, ever?

Thanks![/QUOTE]

All good questions - and as someone who was today told my doc to start 500mg Niacin slow release, I'd like to know the answers to this as well. I usually am good at taking pills before bed, but if I have to do twice, one at morning and one at night, I'm usually bad about forgetting the morning dose.

Bump for reply, please!

My HDL is 30, so I'm hoping for a big jump!





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