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I was on Niacin for quite a long time and that was withdrawn. Then I was put on Tredaptive and now that's gone. Here I am left with no alternative than to buy whatever I can on the internet with whatever the consequences! I cannot take statins and they don't work on me long term anyway. My untreated inherited Total cholesterol is 15.3 so I cannot take this matter lightly. I understand that it was the anti flushing agent that is at fault so I just hope that Niacin will return.

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Can I ask if the niacin reduced your cholesterol levels?



Found below form the web:

January 2013: Tredaptive modified-release tablets are being withdrawn throughout the EU because a recent study has led the regulatory authorities to conclude that the benefits of taking this medicine no longer outweigh its risks.

What is it used for?

High blood cholesterol levels (primary hypercholesterolaemia).

Abnormal levels of fats in the blood, eg high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides (mixed dyslipidaemia).

This medicine is used when another type of cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin (for example simvastatin, atorvastatin), together with a low cholesterol diet and increased exercise, has not lowered LDL cholesterol sufficiently. This medicine is taken in combination with the statin medicine to produce an additional effect on cholesterol levels. It may also be used on its own in people who cannot take statin medicines.


I was on Tredaptive, (see my previous post)

My blood consultant has now prescribed Fibrazate as an alternative. The Bezafibrate group of drugs may suit you.

I would be very wary of ordering from the Internet. The drugs you receive may not be as they appear. There have been a lot of cases where the composit is mainly powder and some cases of small amounts of cocaine to get you hooked and order more. Talk to your GP and if you are not already ask to see a lipid consultant.

Hope this helps.


I don't understand. Niacin is a part of the vitamin B complex, and has always been available on its own. I've just checked and it is still freely available on the internet.

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Fibrazate, take a look @ 4 S study report. Any medication, a GP prescription is always the best option.


Bezafibrate is expensive, about £12 pm from memory. Best to get on NHS with a yearly prepaid card. I used to pay private for statins, about £8 p.a.


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