A 56-year-old female asked:
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is it safe to take niacin if i have glaucoma?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Not a problem.
Answered on Jul 25, 2014
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Probably OK; if in: doubt: check intraocular pressure with applanation tonometer both before taking & after stable daily niacin dosing >1 month to verify no ↑ IOL. Also be aware: (1) doses <1,000 mg/day rarely of any benefit, typically requires 1,500 to >2,000 mg/day to do much & (2) cholesterol wrong issue/misleading; check Large-HDL-P via NMR lipoproteins; the parameter which can improve with niacin.
Answered on Aug 5, 2014

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