Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Should I Take Niacin for My Heart Condition?

By    |   Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 09:51 AM

Question: I’m thinking about taking niacin for my heart condition. What do you think?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Niacin can be a useful drug to improve low HDL ("good") cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, it has a host of side effects that make its use and application problematic for some.
 
It also may raise glucose levels above desirable limits for certain individuals. Because of tolerance problems and side effects, together with some safety problems with sustained-release preparations, niacin has typically been replaced by other prescription medications most doctors recommend today.
 
It would be unwise to take niacin in prescription strengths without the approval, supervision, and guidance of your personal physician.

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