Nicotinic Acid for High Cholesterol
How It Works
Nicotinic acid reduces the production of Reference triglycerides Opens New Window and VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein, which is converted to Reference LDL Opens New Window in the blood). This leads to decreased LDL ("bad") cholesterol, increased Reference HDL Opens New Window ("good") cholesterol, and lowered triglycerides. Nicotinic acid raises HDL cholesterol more than other lipid-lowering medicines.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 29, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology