Should liver enzymes be checked in a patient taking niacin?
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No randomized trials directly address the question of frequency of liver enzyme monitoring with niacin use. Niacin use is associated with early and late hepatotoxicity (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, based on incidence data from randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews of cohort studies). Long-acting forms of niacin (Slo-Niacin) are more frequently associated with hepatotoxicity than the immediate-release (Niacor, Nicolar) or extended-release (Niaspan) forms (SOR: B, based on 1 randomized controlled trial and systematic reviews of cohort studies).
Journal of Family Practice, 54(3) 2005: 265-268.