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June 3, 1998


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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

JAMA. 1998;279(21):1702. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-21-jbk0603

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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