Niacin could have risks as cholesterol therapy

July 16, 2014 11:30 PM

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Niacin could have risks as cholesterol therapy

Niacin, a drug commonly prescribed to prevent stroke and heart attack, appears to add little benefit to the statins it is usually taken with, but it may cause significant risks, according to a new study and editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine.

As many as one in 200 patients may have died as a result of taking the combination of niacin and laropiprant, a drug intended to reduce the facial flushing caused by niacin, the study found.

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