• This study reviews the progress of 56 consecutive patients with type IIa and IIb hyperlipoproteinemia following treatment with lovastatin. Lovastatin, a potent inhibitor of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase, has been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in doses ranging from 10 to 80 mg/d. Thus far, however, no large study has been performed to show the effectiveness of low-dose lovastatin (20 mg/d) for more than a 6-week duration. Fifty-six patients with known coronary artery disease were prospectively studied, with fasting lipid values being measured at baseline and after 6,12,18, and 24 weeks of 20-mg/d lovastatin therapy given as a single evening dose. The total cholesterol level fell 26% from a mean baseline of 8.12 mmol/L (314 mg/dL) and triglyceride levels fell by 12% from a mean baseline of 2.46 mmol/L. The high-density lipoprotein levels increased 7.6%. One patient with known preexisting liver disease was withdrawn from the study owing to an asymptomatic significant rise in liver function test results; one subject complaining of proximal muscle weakness was also withdrawn. The maximal decrease in total cholesterol level occurred within 6 weeks of initiation of therapy. We conclude that low-dose (20-mg/d) lovastatin was effective in lowering serum cholesterol levels in patients with primary type IIa or IIb hyperlipoproteinemia with minimal short-term side effects. Further studies are needed to establish the long-term safety and effectiveness of this drug.
(Arch Intern Med. 1990;150:1947-1950)
Bates MC, Warren SG, Grubb S, Chillag S. Effectiveness of Low-Dose Lovastatin in Lowering Serum Cholesterol: Experience With 56 Patients. Arch Intern Med. 1990;150(9):1947–1950. doi:10.1001/archinte.1990.00390200125023
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