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Unpleasant side effects cause one quarter of heart patients to stop taking niacin.

Doctors commonly recommend niacin supplements combined with cholesterol lowering drugs for people at risk for cardiovascular problems.

However, a new study found 25-percent of patients who took niacin stopped treatment compared with only 17-percent of those taking a placebo.

Side effects caused by niacin included rashes, flushing, indigestion, diarrhea, diabetes and muscle problems.

-Study published in 'European Heart Journal'

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