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Matti Narkia

Niacin best for raising good cholesterol | ZDNet Healthcare | ZDNet.com - 0 views

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    "Want more of that good HDL cholesterol?

    Try a timed-release niacin, and be skeptical if your doctor gives the sales pitch for Zetia or Vytorin.

    The authority for this is a study dubbed ARBITER-6, which was stopped suddenly this summer, with the study's authors insisting safety had nothing to do with it.

    It was a question of efficacy.

    The results, described in the New England Journal of Medicine, make clear that niacin does better at the main job, keeping arteries open"
Matti Narkia

NEJM -- Extended-Release Niacin or Ezetimibe and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness - 0 views

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    Extended-release niacin or ezetimibe and carotid intima-media thickness.
    Taylor AJ, Villines TC, Stanek EJ, Devine PJ, Griffen L, Miller M, Weissman NJ, Turco M.
    N Engl J Med. 2009 Nov 26;361(22):2113-22. Epub 2009 Nov 15.
    PMID: 19915217

    Conclusions This comparative-effectiveness trial shows that the use of extended-release niacin causes a significant regression of carotid intima-media thickness when combined with a statin and that niacin is superior to ezetimibe. (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00397657 [ClinicalTrials.gov] .
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