Comparison of gemfibrozil and fenofibrate in patients with dyslipidemic coronary heart disease

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Study Objective. To compare the lipid-lowering effects of gemfibrozil and fenofibrate in patients with dyslipidemic coronary heart disease. Design. Open label, fixed-dosage, retrospective-prospective, one-way crossover from gemfibrozil to fenofibrate. Setting. University-affiliated outpatient clinics. Patients. Eighty patients with coronary heart disease with a baseline lowdensity lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) level above 130 mg/dl or a triglyceride level of 200 mg/dl or higher who had been receiving gemfibrozil 600 mg twice/day Thirty-nine (49%) patients had received concomitant therapy with a 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitor (statin) for a minimum of 9 months. Intervention. All patients received gemfibrozil 600 mg twice/day for at least 3 months before being switched to fenofibrate 201 mg/day. Patients receiving concomitant statin therapy before crossover continued the statin at the same dosage after crossover. Before crossover, a fasting lipid profile was determined and patients were queried about the side effects of lipidlowering therapy. A repeat fasting lipid profile was obtained 12 weeks after the crossover. Measurements and Main Results. Patients were stratified into those receiving versus those not receiving concomitant statin therapy. In both of these groups, fenofibrate was associated with significantly greater reductions in total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides than gemfibrozil (all p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1527-1532
Number of pages6
Issue number12 I
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002


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  • Pharmacology (medical)

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