Hi, all! My doctor put me on Pravastatin (sp?) for high cholesterol about 3 months ago. I can't recal my reading but it was just a little over borderline. This week I read how bad side effects for statins can be and that one of them was raising blood glucose. I decided to stop taking them Monday or Tuesday of this week (about 6 days ago). But I was concerned about my cholesterol and read somewhere that niacin was often prescribed by doctors in place of statins. I took niacin when I was much younger (late 20's) and loved the effects — seemed to clear up my skin and gave me a feeling of well-being — so I got some at the health food store and took it last night — 500 mg. After nearly an hour I began to feel hot and prickly all over, as though I was sunburned from the inside out. Because I'd experienced the flush in my 20's I didn't panic, but grabbed a trash can as I felt the urge to hurl — I didn't, though. I drank lots of water and waited it out. Turned on the lights and I looked like I was sunburned and itched a little on my arms and back but not much. So relieved when it was over and slept like a baby. This morning I have that sense of well-being again but read on the internet that some doctors are cautioning patients not to use niacin as it can raise blood sugar and cause liver problems or raise blood pressure. I know the drug companies have a lot of influence on doctors so I'm a little skeptical but enough concerned that I'd like your input. Have you tried it and, if so, how did it affect your blood sugar? I love the way I feel this morning and my blood sugar was a little high this morning — but I was bad last night in the food department so that might be the reason. Thanks!
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