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Seattle, Washington 98104


Slo-Niacin and atorvastatin (Lipitor) are both drugs that lower cholesterol. In this research, we will compare the effectiveness of Slo-Niacin and atorvastatin taken alone and together. This study will help show how the individual benefits of the two drugs taken separately can be combined when taken together.

Study summary:

Combined niacin and a statin treatment has greater potential value than either agent alone for the dyslipidemia of insulin resistance, obesity and the metabolic syndrome. The efficacy of Slo-Niacin and atorvastatin has not been formally examined in this setting. Methods: Forty-four dyslipidemic men and women (LDL-C >130mg/dL and below average HDL-C (<55 in women and <45 in men) were randomized to a 3 month course of atorvastatin 10 mg or Slo-Niacin increased monthly at doses of 500, 1000 and 1500 mg/day. The alternate drug was added in the second 3-month segment. Lipid profiles and transaminase measurements were obtained monthly and full lipoprotein quantifications, apoproteins, remnant like lipoproteins (RLP), LDL buoyancy, glucose, insulin, and C-reactive protein were measured at the end of each 3-month sequence. Results: Mean entry lipids were (mg/dL) TG 187, LDL-C 171, HDL-C 39. Mean BMI was 32.6 Kg/M2. When Slo-Niacin and atorvastatin were given alone, respective decreases in triglyceride (TG) were 18% and 10%, LDL-C 12% and 36% and non-HDL-C 15% and 36%. HDL-C increased 8% and 6%, respectively. Combined therapy decreased median TG 33% and mean LDL-C 43% and increased mean HDL-C 10%. Mean hs CRP decreased 23% and RLP 44.5% in the combined groups. Conclusions: Slo-Niacin with atorvastatin improves all lipoprotein fractions, RLP and hsCRP in combined hyperlipidemia. The reduction of LDL with the drug combination is equivalent to that obtained with 20-80 mg of atorvastatin alone.


Inclusion Criteria: - LDL-C > 130 mg/dL - HDL-C <= 45 mg/dL in men and <= 55 mg/dL in women Exclusion Criteria: - history of hypersensitivity to any statin, niacin or aspirin - diagnosis of diabetes or a fasting glucose > 125 mg/dL - hyper or hypothyroidism (unless treatment stable) - meet other health, medication, and logistical criteria



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Robert H. Knopp, MD
Northwest Lipid Research Clinic, University of Washington

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Seattle, Washington 98104
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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