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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How to Prevent the Flushing Associated with Niacin Products for Cholesterol

The standard advice has been to take 1 adult aspirin about 20 minutes before the dose. This works reasonably well for most people. Another approach I recently heard from a patient was to take 3/4 cup of applesauce directly before taking the dose (in this case it was 2000 mg a day). The patient reports she has had no trouble since.

Comment: This is a new one for me. It sounds like a great idea. I certainly prefer applesauce to an aspirin. For any of you in the community on niacin, give this a try and let me know how it works for you. Our own little Portola research project!