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inositol hexa niacinate
Posted by: w. badger
Date: October 6, 2000 12:16 AM

It was mentioned in the medical library that inositol hexa-niacinate is slow in releasing niacin and therefore there is less flushing. Slow release niacin which has also been on the market would seem to have the same results. However, there seems to be recent controversy that slow release niacin may result in higher risk of liver damage as compared to regular niacin. This seems borne out by the fact that slow release niacin is no longer available in Canada and on a recent trip to the U.S. I was not able to find any slow release niacin at any retail outlets. Recently, I have found niacin that is classified as non-flushing and indeed, it lives up to its advertising. My question is: what advantages would there be in using inositol hexa-niacinate over the non-flushing niacin?

RE: inositol hexa niacinate
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: October 7, 2000 4:32 PM

First, when a nutritional item is withdrawn from the market by government agencies of Canada or the U.S. (W. Europe also) it almost always means it presents too stiff competition for a pharmacuetical drug. In this case Mevacor, Lipitor, etc. There would seem to be little to choose between sustained release niacin and inositol hexaniacinate. You may want to consider factors like cost and availability.

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