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Is Niacin Safe for Cholesterol?

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 10:03 AM

Question: I am taking a niacin supplement along with a baby aspirin. Is this a safe combo?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
You should get your doctor's permission to stop the niacin and review other options to replace it, probably with a statin.
 
Current prevention guidelines now recommend against niacin because of potential side effects (including myopathy, drug-drug interactions, negative glucose tolerance).

We generally emphasize dietary management, exercise, correction of underlying cardiovascular risk factors, statin use, and/or fish oil therapy as primary strategies to reduce cardiovascular disease risks.

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