A member asked:

What to do if i have 500mg niacin pills, how much do i take the first time ever?

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Dr. Bennett Werner answered

Specializes in Cardiology

One: Take one a day to start. Gradually increase by 1 more a day until you start getting flushing, then back the dose down by 1 pill.

Answered 7/9/2014

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Dr. Dean Giannone answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Just one.: Start with one pill nightly before bed for one week, then add one pill in the morning for another week, then add a pill at night for the third week, and so on weekly until you get to 1000 to 1500mg twice daily, which would be the therapeutic dose.

Answered 2/26/2015

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