I have been taking the Niaspan brand of niacin for about 15 years and it has been completely satisfactory. I receive my medication through the Veterans Administration Pharmacy system and have tried without success to continue the Niaspan brand of niacin but VA insists that I change to Slo-Niacin, 2000mg daily. With my heart disease, previous heart attack, four stents... and previous guidance from dietitians and doctors to avoid hydrogenated and partial-hydrogenated oils I feel that I should not switch to this hydrogenated niacin.
It may be the word hydrogenate that is hanging you up. That simply means it has a hydrogen ion added to it. I suspect that the operative word in what you were told to avoid was oil. Talk to your doctor. My question is, does the VA supply OTC meds to you? The only difference I can find between the 2 is that niaspan is prescription and slo niacin is OTC.
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