There are major risks to taking niacin for cholesterol issues - The Week

July 17, 2014 6:29 AM

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There are major risks to taking niacin for cholesterol issues - The Week

More than 700,000 prescriptions are written for niacin each month in the United States, but a new study finds that the pills might do more harm than good.

Niacin is a B vitamin, and is often given to patients who need to lower their "bad" cholesterol while raising the "good" kind. Researchers at Oxford University studied more than 25,000 people in Europe and China who took niacin while undergoing standard cholesterol treatment. The "bad" cholesterol (...

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