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Old 01-20-2008, 11:29 AM   #1
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Does niaspan increase blood sugar?

My doctor increased my niaspan doseage to 2000 mg. daily due to high triglycerides (295) and low HDL(19). At that time my total cholesterol was 100 and my LDL was 20. I was also taking metformin due to a 125 glucose level. Within 3 months my triglycerides dropped to 75, my total cholesterol went to 47 (!), and my HDL went down, while my glucose level went to 150. I suspect that the high niaspan doseage is playing a role in all this. Am I correct? A.K.

 
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My doctor increased my niaspan doseage to 2000 mg. daily due to high triglycerides (295) and low HDL(19). At that time my total cholesterol was 100 and my LDL was 20. I was also taking metformin due to a 125 glucose level. Within 3 months my triglycerides dropped to 75, my total cholesterol went to 47 (!), and my HDL went down, while my glucose level went to 150. I suspect that the high niaspan doseage is playing a role in all this. Am I correct? A.K.

Your suspicion is probably correct as there are many reports stating Niaspan can affect blood sugar levels. Report your blood sugar levels to you physician so he can futher advise you.
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Re: Does niaspan increase blood sugar?

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My doctor increased my niaspan doseage to 2000 mg. daily due to high triglycerides (295) and low HDL(19). At that time my total cholesterol was 100 and my LDL was 20. I was also taking metformin due to a 125 glucose level. Within 3 months my triglycerides dropped to 75, my total cholesterol went to 47 (!), and my HDL went down, while my glucose level went to 150. I suspect that the high niaspan doseage is playing a role in all this. Am I correct? A.K.
I was on Niaspan for 18 months when my blood sugar started to creep up out of the normal range (about 112). This concerned me a great deal because now my doctor was ordering tests to check me for diabetes. I stopped the Niaspan on my own and my glucose dropped down to 75.

The only change I made was dropping the Niaspan. So there is no question in my mind that there is a connection.

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Old 01-22-2008, 06:20 PM   #4
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Re: Does niaspan increase blood sugar?

Niaspan only increases blood at doses above 2000 mg a day. And this is an issue that really should only be of concern to diabetics.

I've been taking 3000 mg Niaspan for about 1.5 years now, and my blood sugar sometimes is barely higher and sometimes not.

You should be fine on 2000 mg Niaspan a day.

But one last question: Why are you upping your dose when you Tot-C is only 100 and your LDL on a paltry 20? Is you Doctor obsessed? I'm hoping you have other heart aliments your Doctor is concerned with.

Best of luck!

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Re: Does niaspan increase blood sugar?

Hey Guy1_USA,

How are things going on Niaspan? Doing well still on 2,000mg immediate release Niacin daily. I am having my lipid panel done later this week. I am eager to see my results as I have been on 2,000mg immediate release daily for the past six months. I am going to ask my Doctor to check my blood sugar as well. I have never had any issues with blood sugar in the past but am concerned as I know that Niacin can increase blood sugar levels. However, I only take 2,000mg a day and was told it should not raise my blood sugar say as much as 3,000mg of Niacin. I will share my results with everyone once tested.

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Old 02-27-2008, 04:28 PM   #6
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Re: Does niaspan increase blood sugar?

My husband has been watching this thead with interest. He had been on Lipitor, switched to Niaspan due to side effects of Lipitor. Never had any issues with blood sugars. Now his blood sugar seems to be creeping up He on 1500mg Niapan.
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