Dr. Lyle explains what women should know when taking cholesterol lowering niacin. For more on Heart Disease heart-disease.
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Taking Niacin to Lower Cholesterol It is important to understand niacin. Niacin is a very important drug in treating cholesterol problems, particularly people with elevated triglycerides and low HDLs. As I said earlier, it is the best drug that we have to raise your HDL level. Niacin comes in many forms. The active form that will help lower your cholesterol is called nicotinic acid. Nicotinic acid is the active form that will help raise your good cholesterol and lower your triglycerides. Niacin is also sold in a drug form called Niacinamide. Niacinamide is a great vitamin, but it will not have any impact on your cholesterol level. It often can be sold in stores as no-flush niacin. No-flush niacin in the form of Niacinamide, it will not flush, but it will also not lower your cholesterol. There are also no-flush forms of nicotinic acid, which are slow release forms of niacin, which are sold over-the-counter as well. Prescription niacin is sold as NIASPAN® and one of the benefits of a prescription form of niacin is knowing exactly how much you are getting.