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Which one is better for heart: niacinamide (nicotinamide) or niacin (nicotinic acid)?

Which one is better for heart: niacinamide (nicotinamide) or niacin (nicotinic acid)?

Niacin: Niacin in general is coming under increased scrutiny these days following the aim-high trial. It is seldom used as mono therapy so please discuss its role in your lipid treatment with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Is OTC slo-niacin or OTC enduracin ask effective as niaspan in lowering triglycerides? All 3 products are extended release versions of nicotinic acid

Should be same.: Milligram for milligram, they should all be similarly effective. That being said, there's more regulation and quality control placed over medication (NiaSpan) compared to OTC agents so the dosing of such might be more accurate and reliable, technically speaking. ...Read more

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What are foods rich in nicotinic acid?

What are  foods rich in nicotinic acid?

Vitamin B3: Nicotinic acid or nacin is found in variety of foods, including liver, chicken, beef, fish, cereal, peanuts, legumes, and whole grain products. Also avocado, tomatoes, dates, broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Can also be found in mushrooms and even beer! ...Read more

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Are irreversible damages caused by taking nicotinic acid (more than 1000 mg per day) for years? or if the intake is blocked, is the damage eliminated?

Are irreversible damages caused by taking nicotinic acid (more than 1000 mg per day) for years? or if the intake is blocked, is the damage eliminated?

Likely reversible.: Many have taken niacin at doses greater than 1000 mg per day, and inflammation of the liver, muscle aches, rise in blood sugar, gout attacks are usually totally reversible once the medication is discontinued. The body is a remarkable thing, very good at healing itself once insults are removed. Take heart! ...Read more

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Would 1000mg of Nicotinic Acid be sufficient to help manage triglycerides 218, HDL 19 in diabetic male?

Would 1000mg of Nicotinic Acid be sufficient to help manage triglycerides 218, HDL 19 in diabetic male?

No: My first choice would be a statin combined with 4000mg of fish oil and 1 cup of pureed red grapes daily. Should raise the HDL significantly and is much safer. Flush free niacin does not work. Prescription niacin works better however may cause sugar problems. If on niacin however, aspirin 30-60min prior to niacin along with an apple. Prevents flushing. ...Read more

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Could the intake of 150 mg per day of nicotinic acid (for 6 months) cause liver damage? if so, could be these irreversible damage?

Could the intake of 150 mg per day of nicotinic acid (for 6 months) cause liver damage? if so, could be these irreversible damage?

Not likely: The dose of 150 mg/day is far below the recommended doses used for medical conditions. The likelihood of causing liver issues is essentially zero. I would question why you are taking the vitamin specifically. For most healthy people with sensible diet, at most a comprehensive one-a-day multivitamin should be sufficient to maintain optimal vitamin levels in the body ...Read more

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Is OTC slo-niacin or OTC enduracin ask effective as niaspan in lowering triglycerides? All 3 products are extended release versions of nicotinic acid

Should be same.: Milligram for milligram, they should all be similarly effective. That being said, there's more regulation and quality control placed over medication (NiaSpan) compared to OTC agents so the dosing of such might be more accurate and reliable, technically speaking. ...Read more

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