Niacin Could Have Risks as Cholesterol Therapy

does-vitamin-b12-affect-cholesterol-lower-fish-will-supplements-oil-north-carolina-raleigh-30857A drug commonly prescribed to prevent stroke and heart attack, Niacin, has recently been found 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.

About 1 in 200 patients may have died as a result of taking the deadly combination of niacin and laropiprant, a drug intended to reduce the facial flushing caused by niacin, the study found.

Unfortunately, Niacin has been used for many years because it reduces the levels of “bad,” or LDL, cholesterol and increases levels of “good,” or HDL, cholesterol while also lowering triglycerides (blood fats) and blood pressure.

While niacin drives patients’ numbers in the right directions, the new research shows that statins alone do just as good a job of preventing heart attacks and strokes.  The new study is the first that is large enough — with more than 25,000 patients — to really show niacin’s limitations, he said, although a smaller study was stopped three years ago because of similar concerns.

The niacin-laropiprant possibly deadly drug combination was also associated with gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, infectious, bleeding and diabetes-related side effects, the study found.  Niacin side effects are not worth the positive changes it has on your cholesterol.


Dr. Michael Veselak, D.C.

Dr. Michael Veselak, D.C. has been practicing Chiropractic care in Camarillo, California for over 33 years. Throughout his experience, Dr. Veselak has recognized the importance of treating each patient based on their condition rather than their symptoms. In recent years, Dr. Michael Veselak has become a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, allowing him to evaluate each patient neurologically and metabolically, as well as from a chiropractic standpoint. In doing so, Dr. Veselak has seen tremendous success in his patients suffering from chronic conditions such as Peripheral Neuropathy, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Problems, and Thyroid Disorders. Using state-of-the-art technology, such a Cold Laser, Hako-Med, Spinal Decompression, Vibration Therapy and Brain-based exercises, Dr. Michael Veselak has witnessed profound effects with various chronic conditions. It is his mission to leave no stone unturned in getting to the root cause of your pain, rather than merely treating the symptoms with medications. If you or someone you know is suffering from a chronic condition, please contact Dr. Michael Veselak at (805) 482-0723.

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