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Nicotinic Acid (Niacin, Vitamin B3) Pharmacology


Nicotinic Acid Pharamcological Actions:
  • Reduces LDL cholesterol.
  • Reduces triglycerides.
  • Increases HDL cholesterol.
  • Not well tolerated due to side effects.
  • Should normally be used with a statin drug.
  • Can be used alone in patients who cannot tolerate statins.
Therapeutic Nicotinic Acid Preparations:
  • Niaspan - Nicotinic acid prolonged release
  • Tredaptive - Nicotinic acid + Laropiprant (modified release)

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