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Niaspan ?
hootyowl2 posted:
Ok, from what I can tell Niaspan is merely NIACIN, a B vitamin. So, why is this so doggone expensive ? My last refill cost the insurance company almost $400 ! I just cant see such criminal prices for medicines at all. It is supposed to help with my cholesterol because I cannot take statins and their ilk. I am taking 750 mg ER.

I read a news report this winter that research has shown it really does very little if any good for people. I have a lot of other Rxs, and this is just another one... I quit some other meds that were not necessary... I am thinking of quitting this one too. I cant see taking meds that are not absolutely NECESSARY.

Maybe Dr D can chime in... I like my doctor and she tries really hard. I just cannot justify the expense of this med for mere niacin. Wouldnt OTC niacin work just as well ? And for much less money ?
Or maybe it is the pharmacy's doings ? Maybe they are overcharging me for this medicine ? They seem to have sent me a 3 month supply instead of a 1 month supply. I have caught them making other errors too, and my insurance gets billed for them.

nutrijoy responded:
Niaspan is a form of timed release niacin and because it is a Rx-only item, your insurance company is going to get gouged. There are time release versions of OTC niacin available but the dosage strength is generally much lower (250mg per caspule/tablet, for example). However, the OTC brands are relatively inexpensive and this one by Nature's Bounty sells for just over $20 for a 3-pack (qty 90 per bottle). Even if you were to take 3 capsules a day (750mg total), the 3-pack would still last 90 days and come out to about $7 per month. There are, of course, other brands available that might be even less expensive so do a little shopping around. Just make sure that it is a timed release or extended release type; otherwise, regular niacin could cause flushing and have a very short half life in the body.
hootyowl2 replied to nutrijoy's response:
My insurance company is sure getting gouged on this... I doubt that it is doing any good, but it makes my doctor happy. ???


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