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Doctors Warn Against Using Niacin

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Jasmine Reynolds3 years ago

Niacin or vitamin B3 has recently been found to increase the risk of diabetes, bleeding, and death.

About Niacin

According to Yahoo News, Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, can lead to an increase in health problems.

Niacin is often used as a supplement to aid in the production of HDL, which is referred to as “good cholesterol.” However, new data shows that the vitamin does not decrease the risk of heart disease or stroke as previously advertised. Some researchers are even pushing for the prescriptions of Niacin to be discontinued.

A recent study of Niacin, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reviewed medical data of over 25,000 people with heart disease. Researchers found that Niacin did not reduce any heart related medical risks. The manufacturer of the Niacin used in the study, Merck. & Co., pledged to stop selling the drug as a result.

The results also showed that people taking Niacin were more likely to experience liver problems and bleeding. The Niacin used in the study was combined with another drug called laropiprant, but the same side effects were the same experienced when Niacin was used alone.

Niacin is still currently being prescribed by doctors even though the recent study has found that the vitamin could have severe side effects. Niacin can also be bought over the counter, which means that the strict guidelines for prescription only drugs will not apply.

Side Effect of Niacin

According to, the following adverse events have been reported in patients taking Niacin:

  • Renal failure
  • Hepatitis
  • Chest pain
  • Hypotension
  • Hemorrhage
  • Skin reactions
  • Toxicity
  • Death


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