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Niacin Vs Lipitor
I take Lipitor (atorvastatin) and papers say don't take any niacin with it. My vitamin contains niacin. Is it ok to take my vitamin while taking 60 mgs of Lipitor (atorvastatin)?
Vitamin: If you are taking a multivite with commensurate low dose of niacin, it shouldn't be a problem. The doses of niacin we use to lower high lipids are much higher and these area what the warning is about. ...Read more
Atorvastatin has the brand name lipitor (atorvastatin).. Its function is to lower the body's production of cholesterol and to stabilize current cholesterol plaques. The general name for this class of medication is "statins". Other statins include Crestor (rosuvastatin) ...Read more
How long does it take if you stop Lipitor (atorvastatin) and niacin for the muscle joint bone pains to go away?
I take vitamin d, Lipitor (atorvastatin) medicine for gout and niacin nightly before bedtime. I am having sleep problems andi get up in the middle of the night. Is there any problemwith me?
Problem?: You have a few health issues, and though getting up once or even twice may be normal for an older individual, it may not be for a young man or female. Get a check up, or discuss this issue with your physician to make sure this is not a prostates issue, and infection. ...Read more
Lipids & liver: Response to treatment with levels of cholesterol and lipids, as well as liver panel to check for possible adverse effects. ...Read more
For what reasons might a doctor prescribe niaspan ER and Lipitor (atorvastatin) to reduce cholesterol?
Combo: Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a statin, and is very good at lowering your ldl, commonly referred to as "bad cholesterol". Niaspan is a slow release form of niacin, vitamin b3, which is more helpful in lowering triglycerides and raising HDL (good cholesterol). Some people need more than one agent to get their lipid panel in optimal range. ...Read more
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. As a negative, Niacin can cause facial flushing and redness so get the flush free variety. And have your liver enzyme values monitored, as they can be affected by Niacin use. NiaSpan (niacin) is prescription Niacin ...Read more
Stick with Rx. Forms: Niacin, a b vitamin, in high doses (1-2) grams a day has a positive impact on the lipid profile. Early studies done with Niacin in men with heart disease showed no mortality benefit but secondary outcomes reduced recurrent mi. It has been shown to reduce plaque buildup when combined with bile acid binding resins. Recent studies in well treated patients have been neutral, with side effect concerns. ...Read more
Yes: Niacin is used as an antioxidant and in the treatment of nutritional deficiencies. While Niacin is well known for preventing pellagra, it is only in the past 15 to 20 years that other medicinal uses for this common vitamin have emerged. it is also used to treat low hdl- good cholesterol. ...Read more
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
Probably OK; if in: Doubt: check intraocular pressure with applanation tonometer both before taking & after stable daily niacin dosing >1 month to verify no ↑ IOL. Also be aware: (1) doses <1, 000 mg/day rarely of any benefit, typically requires 1, 500 to >2, 000 mg/day to do much & (2) cholesterol wrong issue/misleading; check Large-HDL-P via NMR lipoproteins; the parameter which can improve with niacin. ...Read more
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
Lowers chol + TG: Niacin lowers cholesterol, raises the "good" HDL and lowers triglycerides - but at much higher doses than 250. You need to get up to 1500 mg/day or more to see much effect. The downside is that it can cause flushing and raise both sugar (not good if you are diabetic) and uric acid (not good if you are prone to gout.). ...Read more
No: No. The liver and kidneys do this job. ...Read more
No: Lescol is weaker than those two. If your cholesterol level reaches goal, then it probably does not matter which statin you use. But if you require a higher dose, and do not reach goal even with high dose Lescol or other older drugs, then Lipitor (atorvastatin) or Crestor would be preferred. They are more potent. As they are about equally effective, price becomes an issue since Lipitor (atorvastatin) is generic now. ...Read more
Sounds OK.: I don't believe that combination poses a problem. ...Read more
Niacin: Niacin 250 mg can be used for bitamin b3 deficiency or for treating high triglyceride level. ...Read more