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No-Flush Niacin

Apr 9, 2001

How safe is the use of 'no flush' niacin in the treatment of elevated triglyceride levels and lower than recommended HDL levels ? What, if any, are the liver toxicity problems associated with its use ? Thanks.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

There is a significant incidence of hepatitis caused by niacin. However it is generally self-limited and stops when the drug is discontinued. If one takes niacin, flush or not, liver tests should be done monthly. Good luck! DTD

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