Efficacy and safety of statins in hypercholesterolemia with emphasis on lipoproteins

San Chiang Wu, Jeng Chuan Shiang, Shoa Lin Lin, Te Lang Wu, Wei Chun Huang, Kuan Rau Chiou, Chun Peng Liu

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Information of the effect of statin on lipoproteins such as apolipoprotein (apo) A-I, lipoprotein (a) [Lp (a)], or apolipoprotein B levels is limited. This investigation was a crossover study designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of atorvastatin and simvastatin in patients with hyperlipidemia. Sixty-six patients were involved in the study. Group I consisted of 32 patients, who were first treated with atorvastatin (10mg) then switched to simvastatin (10mg). Group II consisted of 34 patients, who were first treated with simvastatin then switched to atorvastatin. Each regimen was used for 3 months (phase I), stopped for 2 months, and then restarted for another 3 months (phase II). Both statins effectively reduced total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), apo B, and Lp (a) (P < 0.001 in all comparisons). A significant increase in the high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) was noted after both statin treatments (P < 0.05 in all comparisons). Both statins caused an increase in the apo A-I levels, and the extent of changes in apo A-I revealed no difference between the two drugs. Compared to the simvastatin group, there were more patients in the atorvastatin group achieving the National Cholesterol Education Program ATP-III LDL-C goal (P < 0.05) and European LDL-C goal (P < 0.001). Both treatments were well tolerated; no patient was withdrawn from the study. This study demonstrates that both statins can effectively improve lipid profiles in patients with hyperlipidemia. Atorvastatin is more effective in helping patients reach the ATP-III and European LDL-C goals than simvastatin at the same dosage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
JournalHeart and Vessels
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Cholesterol
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Lipoprotein
  • Statin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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