Statins and fibrates for the treatment of hyperlipidaemia in HIV-infected patients receiving HAART

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Objectives:the aim of our work is to evaluate the role of statins and fibrates in the management of hyperlipidaemia in HIV-infected patients receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy.Design:Open-label, randomized, prospective study of the efficacy and safety of bezafibrate, gemfibrozil, fenofibrate, pravastatin and fluvastatin as pharmacologic treatment for protease inhibitor-related dyslipidaemia.Methods:Plasma lipid levels of 656 HIV-infected patients who referred to our tertiary care centre and were on protease inhibitor-based antiretroviral therapy for at least 12 months have been evaluated. All patients had HIV viral load < 50 copies/ml and presented with hypertriglyceridaemia of at least 6 months duration that was unresponsive to a hypolipidaemic diet; all have been treated with bezafibrate, gemfibrozil, fenofibrate, pravastatin, or fluvastatin for 12 months.Results:Of the 656 patients observed 113 (17.2%) received pharmacological therapy, while seven patients were excluded from evaluation due to early drop-out. Of the 106 evaluable subjects, bezafibrate was used in 25 cases, gemfibrozil in 22, fenofibrate in 22, pravastatin in 19, and fluvastatin in 18. At the close of 1-year follow-up, fibrates led to a reduction of 40.7% and 21.9% versus baseline triglyceridaemia and cholesterolaemia, respectively (P < 0.001), and statins led to a reduction of 34.8% and 25.2% versus baseline triglyceride and total cholesterol levels, respectively (P < 0.001), without significant differences according to each different administered hypolipidaemic drug.Conclusions:All administered statins and fibrates revealed a similar, significant efficacy in the treatment of diet-resistant hyperlipidaemia, and showed a favourable tolerability profile.

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