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    Old 07-14-2006, 12:22 PM   #1
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    Niacin - low platelet count

    I received my cholesterol test last night. Other blood work done at the same time and it showed my platelet count was slightly below normal.

    The pharmacist said this is a known side effect of Niacin. I am taking 1000mg a niaspan er.

    Has anyone else had this experience with niaspan or niacin???

     
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    Old 07-14-2006, 08:59 PM   #2
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    Re: Niacin - low platelet count

    It is a know effect of niacin. Are you taking other medications also?

     
    Old 07-15-2006, 04:10 AM   #3
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    Re: Niacin - low platelet count

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    It is a know effect of niacin. Are you taking other medications also?
    Aside from an aspirin before taking the niaspan, I don't take any other drugs.

     
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    Re: Niacin - low platelet count

    How does low platelet count affect one's physical well-being?
    Will you feel tired and run down?

     
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    Re: Niacin - low platelet count

    Low platelets can increase the risk of bleeding. Aspirin can also cause low platelets. There is a wide range on platelet numbers. Depends on how low but could possibly make you tired.

     
    Old 07-17-2006, 06:45 AM   #6
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    Re: Niacin - low platelet count

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    Low platelets can increase the risk of bleeding. Aspirin can also cause low platelets. There is a wide range on platelet numbers. Depends on how low but could possibly make you tired.
    Hello finres,

    Thanks for your response.

    I called my doctor. He said it is either a lab error or maybe I had a cold. I really think my current doctor is phoning it in at this point. He did not connect this result in any way with the medication.

    The pharmacist did though. The pharmacist recommended I take just 1 niaspan instead of 2.

    I've stopped taking the niaspan altogether for now. (and the aspirin since the only reason I was taking that was to prevent niacin flush).

    I will be starting with a new doctor tomorrow. I will listen to his advice.

    I had noticed some strange brown bruises on my body lately and I suspected something might be wrong. I thought it was my liver ofcourse. My current doctor had not run a complete bloodwork in the last year. Only cholesterol and liver panel. So I asked for a completed bloodwork at my last visit. Good thing I did! I was about to go for a colonoscopy! Not the kind of procedure you want to have if you are at increased risk of bleeding!

    Best wishes,

     
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