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High Cholesterol board


To clarify I didn't say "no hepatotoxic" side effects -

I said "virtually no..." immediate release niacin is the cholesterol wonder drug.

Weighing it against the Statins (pravachol excluded), Over the counter extended release Niacin (NOT the anoscitol); immediate release Niacin is water soluble and largely metabolised through the kidneys - places a VERY small burden on the liver.

Niacin is always contraindicated in diabetics or hypertensive patients.

If your LFT's are abnormal anyway - then yes - there's a propensity for Immediate release Niacin to increase those abnormalities; but if your LFT's are normal - then they'll probably stay that way.