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Do patients on statins also need niacin?

Jones, Kelly W. PharmD, BCPS

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: July 2013 - Volume 26 - Issue 7 - p 9–10
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000431517.43690.5d
Pharmacology Consult

ABSTRACT: Niacin has been used for years to treat hypercholesterolemia, but may not be as beneficial as thought for patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Until further research is done, niacin should be used only in patients who do not tolerate or respond to statin therapy, and never in patients who have achieved goal LDL cholesterol on a statin.

Kelly Jones is an associate professor of family medicine at McLeod Family Medicine Center in Florence, South Carolina. The author has indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.

Larissa DeDea, PharmD, BCPS, PA-C, department editor.

© 2013 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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