Niacin Gets Dinged For Serious Side Effects in New Study on Cholesterol

July 17, 2014 3:22 PM

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The Word. Over 700,000 prescriptions are filled for Niacin every month to help combat bad cholesterol. While the drug does lower cholesterol according to studies, a new report out is linking it to serious side effects including diabetes.

Other side effects the drug is being linked to include musculoskeletal, skin-related events and gastrointestinal problems. The report is being published in New England Journal of Medicine.

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