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      Low-Dose Simvastatin Is a Well-Tolerated and Efficacious Cholesterol-Lowering Agent in Ciclosporin-Treated Kidney Transplant Recipients: Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study in 40 Patients

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          The high prevalence of hypercholesterolemia in kidney transplant recipients probably contributes to the high cardiovascular mortality in these patients. Except for diet, there is no generally recommended cholesterol-lowering treatment. We conducted a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study with low-dose simvastatin in 40 ciclosporin (CS)-treated kidney transplant recipients during 16 weeks, focusing on side effects and dose finding. In the simvastatin group, the mean serum total and LDL cholesterol concentrations decreased by 23 and 33%, respectively, and the mean serum HDL cholesterol concentration increased by 12%, after 4 weeks of treatment with simvastatin 10 mg daily. Increasing the dose to 20 mg daily in a few patients only resulted in marginal further reductions of the serum cholesterol concentrations at the expense of doubling the plasma simvastatin 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitory activity concentrations. The differences between the changes in the serum cholesterol concentrations in the simvastatin group and the negligible changes in the placebo group were statistically significant. There was no case of proximal myopathy and the serum creatine kinase concentrations did not differ between treatment groups. In conclusion, low-dose simvastatin appears to be a well tolerated and efficacious cholesterol-lowering treatment in CS-treated kidney transplant recipients. Simvastatin 10 mg daily seems to be the most suitable dose for the majority of these patients.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1994
          1994
          17 December 2008
          : 68
          : 1
          : 57-62
          Affiliations
          aDepartments of Nephrology and bClinical Pharmacology, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden; cDepartment of Biochemical Regulation, Merck Sharp & Dohme Laboratories, Rahway, N.J., USA
          Article
          188088 Nephron 1994;68:57–62
          10.1159/000188088
          7991041
          © 1994 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Page count
          Pages: 6
          Categories
          Original Paper

          Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

          Transplantation, Simvastatin, Cholesterol, Ciclosporin

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