Cholesterol is a waxy material found in cell walls and nerves. Your body uses it to make hormones, vitamin D, and certain acids for digestion. Cholesterol moves through your bloodstream as lipoproteins. These are tiny packages made up of proteins plus fat cells called lipids.1,2
cholesterol is known as
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are fats in the blood.1,2
Continue reading to learn more about cholesterol.
However, it may cause problems if there’s too much in the blood. This is called “high” cholesterol.1
High cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to accumulate in the walls of blood vessels. High cholesterol itself does not usually have any symptoms.3 However, it may lead to a narrowing of the blood vessels and decreased blood flow.1,3 This narrowing over time can result in a heart attack or stroke.3,4
The only way to find out if you have high cholesterol is through a blood test.4
NIASPAN® (niacin extended-release tablets) are a prescription medication used along with diet when a low-cholesterol diet and exercise alone are not enough.
Taking NIASPAN with another cholesterol-lowering medicine (simvastatin) does not reduce heart attacks or strokes more than taking simvastatin alone.
For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.
References: 1. US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol With TLC. NIH publication No. 06-5235. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/heart/chol_tlc.pdf. Published
Please see the full Prescribing Information for NIASPAN and discuss it with your healthcare provider.
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NIASPAN® (niacin extended-release) tablets are a prescription medication used along with diet when a low-cholesterol diet and exercise alone are not enough.