One user JessieNC said he used this technique and it seems to work well for him. Could we get more details as to when he takes the apple sauce and eats the crackers? I can't take aspirin so you don't need to address that. Just how bad is the flushing episodes? I was told nearly a year ago to start on 500mg of Niaspan but have not for fear of the side effects. Should I be so concerned? I like to know what to expect. I intend also to take Niaspan during the day. I don't cotton to being awakened by burning skin. I'd much rather be wake and aware of what's going on. I can accept also it if I know it's not going to mess my heart rate up. I had heard it can cause a fast heart rate. Anyone ever had that? I have hardening of the arteries, hypertension, and Atrial Fibrillation.