Cardiovascular Disease

Should Niacin Replace All Statins?

not only do statins have side effects that niacin does not, but niacin has actually always been shown to be MORE effective than statins at actually reducing the chance of dying from a cardiovascular event. Yet, niacin has a benign side effect of making the patient "flush", which is one of the main reasons that it is not utilized more often. My purpose for this article is to inform about the differences between statins and niacin, go over some relevant research, and give the reader an educated understanding of how to properly use niacin to improve their own lipid profile.

By Dr. Sean Golden, ago