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18 Jun 2012 Took Niaspan for 3 days. Third day I was awakened with flushing so severe that it felt like I was cooking in a pot of boiling water. My skin looked like I had severe sunburn. After flushing subsided, about 15 minutes, went to bathroom because of diahrria. Washing hands in sink and the next thing I knew I woke up confused on the floor of the bathroom wedged between the toilet and the vanity in a pool of water from the sink overflowing(no overflow drain in this sink in case you are wondering.) My daughter drove me to the ER where they did a brain scan and checked my heart and they were negative. ER doctor said he had a similar reaction but with only 1 pill. He could not get off the bathroom floor without help for his wife. So now I have 97 useless pills at about $3 a pill left. Aspirin is supposed to help with the flushing but I get hives from aspirin.
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29 Mar 2012 Thought I was having a heart attack! Went to ER, turned out to be severe esophageal spasms. Have had heart attack before and had stent placement, so believe me I know the symptoms of a heart attack and these symptoms felt just like it. Thank goodness it was the Niaspan, my Dr. decided we will try another treatment. My hdl numbers are not that low so I will try more exercise and maybe not have to take anything!
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11 Dec 2011 PSA is rising. Read that Niaspan can raise male hormone. Is this true and does male hormone raise PSA level? PSA has been at about .3 to .4 for the last 7 years or so. The last reading was at .96. This was after using Niaspan for last half year or so.
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14 Sep 2011 Have high triglcerides(sp) and it only lowered them slightly.
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14 Aug 2011 I currently have been suffering from strong gas, dirreahea, and vommitting. I also suffered from transient global amnesia.
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