By bucky Latest Reply 2009-01-24 11:46:45 -0600
Started 2009-01-23 20:12:15 -0600

i been on this for a couple of weeks and my BS is so dang high like 350 to 450 i doesnt matter how much sliding scale insulin i give myself it just wont go down its like i hit a wall nothing is working so im just wondering if i should stop naicin for a few days and see what happens. I was just at my docs last week and he said im just that insulin resitiant im like WHAT all this happened is just a few short weeks.

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Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-01-24 11:46:45 -0600 Report

I'v had Type2 for over 10 years with really good A1c of 5.5, and have always had HDL's between 50 & 70, even before becomming diabetic. But the chlolesterol and triglycerides were harder to control so after being on Prevachol and Gemfibrozil for several years (yes, I know about the drug-drug potential inter-reactions), my doc prescribed 500 mg of Niaspan, a sustained release form of niacin. The entire lipid panel improved remarkably, including an even higher number for the HDL. I have not noticed higher glucose readings, but rarely I have twinges of flushing. If I drink any alchohol I do not take the Niaspan tablet that evening because I learned the hard way that the "two hour warning" was not adequate for my system to clear the alchohol.

GabbyPA 2009-01-24 11:29:32 -0600 Report

My pharmacist said that niacin can raise your levels, and perhaps for a while it would not hurt to stop. Those kinds of numbers could indicate that there is something else going on like an infection that you are not aware of or something. Those numbers are scary with insulin...ask more questions and keep a very close log on everything. What you eat, how you feel, how you are sleeping, stresses in your life, anything that you think might be a trigger. Get your doctor to listen to your concerns and not let him brush them off.

Avera 2009-01-23 23:19:16 -0600 Report

I agree with Lady Di. You need to call your doctor and tell him what is going on. He needs to determine if the medication is the problem or if it is something else. Call him tomorrow, even if it is the weekend.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-23 22:49:05 -0600 Report

I've been taking 500mg of Niacin daily for quite some time, and it doesn't seem to affect my numbers adversely, thank goodness. It has, on the other hand, had a wonderful effect on my cholesterol. I'd get back with the doctor, as the Niacin might not be the problem at all.

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