I was recently prescribed Niaspan by my cardiologist because the drug Crestor I've recently been taking worked so well in lowering my cholesterol that it also caused a drop in my HDL ( good cholesterol ) too.
According to my cardiologist, elevating my HDL will help lower my risk of having a heart attack, the problem is, I didn't tolerate Niaspan well.
I'm wondering if there are other alternatives to Niaspan, since I only took the medication for one week before being advised to stop, are there potential risks involved if I start taking a Niaspan alternative ? I was told about a possible side effect that can cause irreparable liver damage by going from Niaspan to another Niacin supplement, but I don't recall the details now ?View Thread
I take Cal-Mag because of the malic acid I also take, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia years ago and the malic acid along with Cal-Mag helps with symptoms. I gave my cardiologist the list of supplements I'm taking and he's OK with my regimen. I ride my stationary bike and use weights, I also ride my bicycle and take walks for exercise. I had a period where I wasn't able to exercise due to back problems, I believe getting back into an exercise routine will make all the difference.
By the way, my cardiologist recommended CoQ10 and cod liver oil.View Thread
Thanks, I should have been more specific about the reaction I had to Niaspan. I didn't experience flushing, instead I felt muscle weakness unlike anything I've had before. I take a daily teaspoon of cod liver oil which includes Omega 3 fatty acids along with CoQ10, B-complex, multivitamin, Cal-Mag with D, chromium picolinate, chelated copper, malic acid, zinc, low dose aspirin, Caumadin, Crestor, and Lisinopril. I don't consume red meat or pork, I cook with olive oil, grape seed oil or Smart Balance, I either grill, broil or pan sear, seldom have fried foods and I follow the glycemic index food suggestions to help avoid hidden sugars.View Thread
I find the whole subject confusing, even my cardiologist said that he and his mother have high HDL levels, yet he admits that it's unclear at this point whether or not people like him are better off.View Thread