Discussions that mention pravachol

High Cholesterol board


Arizona,

Thank you for all of this information. Do you know and if so, would you share the numbers from your liver function test over the duration of your Niacin therapy?

In another post, I related my numbers on Pravachol and part of what concerned me was the elevation in AST. On the sugar related topic, my Dr. stated that the glucose number, because of it's volatility, was not as reliable an indicator of any potential diabetic issue as Hemoglobin A1C.

Anyway, thanks for the info.
[QUOTE=dmer;3453292]Arizona,

Thank you for all of this information. Do you know and if so, would you share the numbers from your liver function test over the duration of your Niacin therapy?

In another post, I related my numbers on Pravachol and part of what concerned me was the elevation in AST. On the sugar related topic, my Dr. stated that the glucose number, because of it's volatility, was not as reliable an indicator of any potential diabetic issue as Hemoglobin A1C.

Anyway, thanks for the info.

Hi Dmer,

With Niacin my AST was at 35.... normal range is (8-48). Prior to taking Niacin
I was taking Red Yeast Rice and my AST at that time was at 25. So Niacin raised my AST 10 points. My Doctor is not concerned and all other tests were normal. Also I take immediate release Niacin and my Doctor told me that it is less harsh on your liver like Slo-Niacin or any Niacin that is time released over a very long period of time. Niaspan is time released but is safe and effective. The release of Niaspan is pretty much the same on your liver like immediate release Niacin.