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Well I did about an hour of searching on this subject, and just about all come up with this same info. Guess I will definitely have to chat with hubby's dr. Always something! JJ

Niacin is relatively contraindicated in diabetic patients because it can worsen blood sugar control. In selected patients, Niacin may be used, but blood sugar control must be monitored closely.

Flushing is a common side-effect of Niacin, which may be minimized by taking an Aspirin about 30 minutes before Niacin ingestion. Flushing appears to be less common with extended release Niacin.

Cases of severe liver toxicity have occurred with extended release niacin preparations. Therefore, extended release niacin should not be used in patients with active liver disease or a past history of liver disease and patients should abstain from drinking alcohol.

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