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Dr. Boris Aronzon
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Blood Thinners (Definition)

Agents which slow ;/or break down blood clot formation in up to 3 different ways (they do not decrease blood viscosity; thickness.) (1) some inhibit platelet function (e.g. Aspirin, clopidogrel, etc.). (2) others interfere with some of the clot forming proteins (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, etc.), (3) others stimulate the blood clot destruction ...Read more


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How much niacin can I take, with out it raising my blood sugar?

How much niacin can I take, with out it raising my blood sugar?

Regular dose.: In standard effective doses of 2000-3000mg daily in divided doses, flush free Niacin will have a small but clinically negligible effect on the blood sugar - should not impact the HgbA1C noticeably and should not increase your risk of diabetic complications. ...Read more

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Total chol 215 trig 69 HDL 82 LDL 119 healthy male 65 blood press under control. Take 500mg niacin twice a day. Doctor suggests statins. Suggestions?

Total chol 215 trig 69 HDL 82 LDL 119 healthy male 65 blood press under control. Take 500mg niacin twice a day. Doctor suggests statins. Suggestions?

Judgement call: Your high HDL is very good. Ldl not bad. What other risk factors do you have? Smoker? Diabetes? Hypertension? Family history? Obesity? Sedentary? Although Niacin does nice things to your lipids, the outcomes studies suggest that statins prevent heart disease better. The risk of side effect from statin is lower than niacin. On balance, I tend to agree with your doctor. ...Read more

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Niacin and blood sugar or diabetes?

Niacin and blood sugar or diabetes?

Increase blood sugar: Increase blood sugars is a side effect seen with niacin. (a dose-related effect). Close blood glucose monitoring is advised for diabetics/ potentially diabetic patients during treatment with niacin; adjustment of diet and/or antidiabetic therapy may be necessary.
See your physician for evaluation and care. ...Read more

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Niacin and atorvastatin - what to look for in blood panel?

Niacin and atorvastatin - what to look for in blood panel?

Lipids & liver: Response to treatment with levels of cholesterol and lipids, as well as liver panel to check for possible adverse effects. ...Read more

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Why does niacin increase blood sugar?

Insulin resistance: Niacin causes Insulin resistance. In most people, your body simply makes more Insulin to overcome this, and there is no change in blood glucose. In someone who is diabetic, or prediabetic, or obese, or with a family history of diabetes, this worsening of Insulin resistance can push you into diabetes, or make your blood sugar worse. Unfortunate, since the lipid effects are very good. ...Read more

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Is it true that niacin increases blood flow to the skin?

Is it true that niacin increases blood flow to the skin?

Niacin: Niacin is a vasodilator and this increases blood flow to the skin. ...Read more

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Do niacin 500mg increase blood flow?

Do niacin 500mg increase blood flow?

Niacin.: Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and converting your LDL to a less harmful subtype. Unlike high-powered stains, though, Niacin has not been shown to effect arterial plaque regression, I.e. Increase blood flow directly. ...Read more

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How does niacin work in the help with blood flow?

How does niacin work in the help with blood flow?

NIACIN: Is a blood vessel dilator, so it improves blood flow by opening vessels wider and resisting a bit the tendency to tighten up.
It is also a good cholesterol increaser by the way.
Hot flashes can be tough, but 1 advil (ibuprofen) or an Aspirin an hour otr so prior to taking it will help quite a bit.
Excellent supplement/medicine. ...Read more

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Do niacin supplements really help to increase circulation and heal areas with poor blood flow?

Do niacin supplements really help to increase circulation and heal areas with poor blood flow?

Probably not: Niacin transiently causes vasodilation thereby blood flow increases. This effect is, however, associated ith significantly unpleasant bodily sensation. Again, the dilatation effect of Niacin is short lived. ...Read more

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My blood test showed total cholesterol 103, LDL 47, HDL 41, trigs 83 with pattern b ldl. Should I consider niacin for the pattern b?

My blood test showed total cholesterol 103, LDL 47, HDL 41, trigs 83 with pattern b ldl. Should I consider niacin for the pattern b?

Controversial: Your LDL is already low, as is your cardiac risk. There is no scientific data to show that altering particle size by any method, or taking Niacin in particular, lowers your risk of cardiac events. ...Read more

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Blood red, painful, burning, skin. Blurry eye sight, vomiting, extreme head ache. Are these severe symptoms of a reaction from niacin? How long will it last?

Blood red, painful, burning, skin. Blurry eye sight, vomiting, extreme head ache. Are these severe symptoms of a reaction from niacin? How long will it last?

Possibly: Niacin commonly causes flushing (hot feeling, red skin, tingling) and headaches after taking, particularly doses greater than 1000 mg. The best thing to do is stop taking it for a couple days to see if the symptoms go away. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If an person is taking an blood thinner for heart isease, can he take the product "healthy blood flow" from an health store?

If an person is taking an blood thinner for heart isease, can he take the product "healthy blood flow" from an health store?

See below: It depends on what is in healthy blood flow. Chances are that a nutritional supplement is not needed. Also these products are not regulated by the fda. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cough up blood while on a blood thinner? My grandfather takes a thinner because he was diagnosed with a-fib. He's taking Xarelto.

Is it normal to cough up blood while on a blood thinner? My grandfather takes a thinner because he was diagnosed with a-fib. He's taking Xarelto.

NO!: It is far from normal to cough up blood in just about any circumstance. While there may be a benign explanation, it should be checked out ASAP ...Read more

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Can I take garcina cambagias while on blood thinner?

Uncertain: There is very limited information. I was able to find 1 case report suggesting that garcinia prolonged the inr in a patient taking warfarin. No data on newer anticoagulants or anti-platelet agents. Since the exact contents of any "dietary supplement" preparation is not guaranteed, always be cautious when mixing supplements with potent medications like warfarin. ...Read more

Anticoagulant (Definition)

Anticoagulants are any of a variety of drugs which decrease the body's ability to make or sustain blood clots. They fall, generally, into two categories. Drugs like Aspirin and clopidogrel (plavix) prevent platelets from forming the initial stages of a clot. Drugs like warfarin (coumadin) and dabigatran (pradaxa) block the later process ...Read more


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Niaspan (Definition)

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