For many years, doses of 1 - 3 grams of nicotinic acid per day has been a treatment option for low HDL cholesterol, high LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. However, newer studies have shown use of nicotinic acid for treating these problems may actually increase your risk of heart and blood vessel problems. Talk to your doctor before using this treatment on your own.
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A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by Norma Keller, MD, Assistant Professor, Cardiac and Vascular Institute, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (12/20/2010).
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