I still get some flushing when I take half a pill. But it's not nearly as bad as when I first started taking it. I tried taking a whole pill every other day for a few days and that didn't work at all. But it's been almost a week taking 2 half-pills a day and it's a lot better. The cardiologist said, "you may have 6 or 8 bad episodes of flushing, but it should get better as your body gets used to it." So I'm gonna assume that I'm over the worst of it. I just took my evening dose of it about 5 minutes ago on an empty stomach and I'm startin to feel a little bit of a flush...but nothing serious.
The doctor told me to take my pills in the morning, including aspirin, then 30 minutes or so later, take the Niaspan. I tried that, but I didn't notice that it made any difference.
The Imdur is good stuff, but as was mentioned, you have to do almost exactly the opposite as with the Niaspan. It seems that there has to be a period of time every day that the body is free of the nitrates or its effectiveness is severely limited. I just read this today (I think) and tomorrow I'm gonna try taking it around noon, since I don't have a lotta angina in the morning. I guess I have to wait until I've been goin thru the work stresses for a while before it show up. :) Seriously, since I just work mornings, there is a correlation between work, stress, blood pressure and angina. I tracked it by taking my BP every coupla hours for two weeks or so and it was really easy to see the relationship between the days and the hours that I worked and the increase in BP. I'm hopin this retirement thing comes to fruition pretty soon. I spose it'll happen when it's supposed to, tho.
I hope this answers a coupla questions for ya.