Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—Oral nicotinic acid (niacin)
lowers serum cholesterol levels when taken in high doses.1
Although nicotinic acid has not achieved widespread use, its low cost makes
it attractive in today's cost-conscious medical environment and its use may
be increasing. In this report, we describe 3 patients who developed visual
loss while taking nicotinic acid for hypercholesterolemia.
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