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how niacin affects electrolytes

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Niacin: 500mg a day is not a large dose.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Niacin.: Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and conve ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chapman
40 years experience Cardiology
Pros:: May lower your triglycerides and/or raise your HDL. Cons: side effects including flossing/heat sensation. Limited to no data on improving outcomes. ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gavin Noble
21 years experience Cardiology
Hard to say: Many people get flushing, which is a minor side effect. Some people get an increase in HDL (good cholesterol) but the value of this change with Niaci ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lang
51 years experience Endocrinology
Only in excess: Many studies have shown that a woman who drinks one alcoholic beverage a day or a man who has 2 drinks will live longer than those who drink more or l ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
It's complicated.: Caffeine doesn't have much of an effect on it except slightly as a diuretic. Likewise, alcohol doesn't have much of an effect on it or there'd be calc ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
The reseach show it: Help, researchers at the university of punjab and sheik zaid hospital, discovered that high oral doses of thiamine can significantly decrease the exc ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Calcium: Calcium deficiency can cause interference with contraction of the heart and with heart rhythm.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
20 years experience Vascular Surgery
Raises : They will cause a rise in blood pressure by constricting blood vessels/arterioles and raises the heart rate by stimulating the beta receptor.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Haynes
36 years experience Endocrinology
Lowers cholesterol: Lipitor (atorvastatin) is an excellent drug for lowering cholesterol. It also reduces the number of heart attacks and strokes by about 40% if people s ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Dehydrating and electrolyte depletion can result from excess alcohol consumption. Low potassium can lead to heart arrhythmias.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Damage heart: Alcoholism does not cause low potassium. Rather it can cause magnesium deficiency. Alcohol is very toxic to heart muscle in some individuals and can c ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Likely filtered out: High dose magnesium can cause muscle weakness / fatigue / lethargy, but with good hydration, the kidneys will filter and excrete the excess over time. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
28 years experience Anesthesiology
Electrolyte imbalanc: Can negatively effect your heart's rhythm and its ability to beat normally.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
48 years experience Cardiology
Not directly: Cardiac output is the amount of blood flow generated by the heart over a given time frame. Potassium is a critical electrolyte for body health and ca ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
B12 Deficiency: A deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency anemia. A mild deficiency may cause only mild, if any, symptoms. But as the anemia wors ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cain
35 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Diuretic: Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor leading to loss of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in the urine. This can cause metabolic acidosis. I ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Goodman
53 years experience Cardiology
No: No relationship.
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Moran
32 years experience Cardiology
500-1,000 mg...: But word of caution, you will get flushing and burning w/o the delayed release form. Aspirin can attenuate this. Niacin lowers triglycerides and rai ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tamanna Nahar
Specializes in Cardiology
Indapamide: It is a diuretic that decreases Potassium levels. Not used for lipid lowering therapy.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: English literature shows it might be protective for the kidney but if you already have kidney problems high doses of b vitamins can be harmful. It lik ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Magnesium: If chelated magnesium sets well with you then that is the best form of magnesium for you. Having good levels of magnesium and other healthy minerals ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Yes, if: If you have normal renal function, yes, your kidneys will remove any excess.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Promote: Virtually all diuretics promote excretion of potassium. Chlorine follows passively to maintain electrical neutrality.

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