The results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter trial of fenofibrate in the treatment of type IV/V hyperlipoproteinemia are reported. Ten study centers in the United States recruited 147 adults with a history of type IV or V hyperlipoproteinemia. After a six- to 12-week dietary stabilization period and a four-week placebo period, patients whose 12-hour fasting total plasma triglyceride levels ranged from 350 to 1,500 mg/dl were continued in the study; 55 patients with levels of 350 to 499 ml/dl were placed in group A and 92 with levels of 500 to 1,500 mg/dl in group B. Patients in each group were randomly assigned to receive 100 mg of fenofibrate or placebo three times daily for eight weeks. In both groups A and B fenofibrate-treated patients showed statistically significant reductions in levels of total cholesterol, very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, total triglycerides, and very-low-density lipoprotein triglycerides, and significant increases in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; patients in group B also showed a significant increase in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Sixteen of the 75 fenofibrate-treated patients and 11 of the 72 placebo patients reported adverse events that were potentially drug related; most of these were gastrointestinal and a few reported musculoskeletal and skin reactions. It is concluded that fenofibrate is an effective and safe agent in the treatment of type IV/V hyperlipoproteinemia.
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - May 24 1989|