My mom and I were put on the Niaspan together, as we both are highly allergic to all the statins. But she can't afford the Niaspan, so I split my prescription with her. But if we can continue to halve the pills without any serious problems; something is better than doing nothing at all.
Agreed with Marvell. Niaspan is prescribed instead of drugstore OTC niacin because it's a special extended-release formulation. Cutting the pill can lead to too much niacin hitting the liver at once, which can be bad news.
As you know, taking Niaspan requires liver function tests (LFTs), so doing this is putting your liver at increased risk. You may not know you have serious problems until you see the bloodwork.
Finally, but cutting your pills, neither of you are getting a therapeutic dose.
- Niaspan Information for Consumers
- Niaspan Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Niaspan (detailed)
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