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I would say niacin works in the liver. But, as Lenin said, it probably isn't a good idea to start taking niacin on top of a statin without consulting with your doctor first. Although statins excel at lowering TC and LDL, niacin possessus other advantages. It's ability to increase HDL is unsurpassed. It can potentially lower lipoprotein(a), another dangerous risk factor, and it is capable of promoting a favorable shift towards increased LDL particle size, or Pattern A LDL, the more benign form of LDL. In addition, it is a great circulatory agent.

If you are currently taking a statin such as Lipitor or Zocor, and wish to include the benefits of niacin, why not ask your doctor about switching to Advicor. Advicor is a statin and niacin (Niaspan) all in one pill. In fact, I'm puzzled that it is seldom mentioned on these boards. We hear so much about Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor. But that's about it. Overall, I tend to believe that Advicor would be more advantageous if you must choose between statins. Otherwise, my preference would naturally be plain, simple niacin.

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