Our expert says:
Niacin is sometimes used to reduce high levels of bad cholesterol or to increase low levels of good cholesterol, but it does tend to cause side effects, particularly flushing, and it is not usually a first line treatment for high cholesterol.
The risk of getting heart disease depends on multiple risk factors, not only your cholesterol. Risk factors include age and gender, diabetes, smoking etc etc. Without knowing which of these apply to you, I really can’t give you any advice as to whether or not you should be taking Niacin, but a sensible approach would be to repeat your lipogram (cholesterol) after two months of treatment. If the Niacin has made no difference, and if you are still getting side effects such as hot flushes, then obviously I would discontinue Niacin.
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