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Niacin and cholesterol?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Niacin: Safe for high cholesterol. Slow-release forms tolerated better without the flushing.
Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine Clinical Lipidology 36 years experience
Stick with Rx. Forms: Niacin, a b vitamin, in high doses (1-2) grams a day has a positive impact on the lipid profile. Early studies done with Niacin in men with heart disease showed no mortality benefit but secondary outcomes reduced recurrent mi. It has been shown to reduce plaque buildup when combined with bile acid binding resins. Recent studies in well treated patients have been neutral, with side effect concerns.
Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine Clinical Lipidology 36 years experience
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Non Prescription (Slo-Niacin, No flush Niacin etc.) according to the American Heart Association should not be used to lower cholesterol. If you need to use Niacin to lower treat cholesterol , it should be under the care of a health care provider.
Mar 9, 2013

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Niacin.: Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and converting your LDL to a less harmful subtype. As a negative, Niacin can cause facial flushing and redness so get the flush free variety. And have your liver enzyme values monitored, as they can be affected by Niacin use.

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