CHARLES J. GLUECK, M.D.
Colestipol is a safe, effective, cholesterol-lowering, bileacid sequestrant that lowers low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) and total plasma cholesterol levels without consistently affecting high-density-lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels. Long-term colestipol therapy in conjunction with diet may reduce xanthoma size, arrest progression of coronary artery atherosclerosis, and may reduce mortality from coronary heart disease. Probucol, a bisphenol cholesterol-lowering drug, is an effective cholesterol-lowering agent that reduces levels of LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and apoprotein A-1, the major apolipoprotein of HDL. Because HDL cholesterol is independently and inversely associated with development of coronary heart disease, the ramifications of simultaneous lowering of LDL and HDL cholesterol levels by probucol treatment need further study. Long-term, placebo-controlled studies of repetitive coronary arteriography, coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality, or both are needed to ascertain the efficacy of long-term probucol use in relation to development of atherosclerosis.
GLUECK CJ. Colestipol and Probucol: Treatment of Primary and Familial Hypercholesterolemia and Amelioration of Atherosclerosis. Ann Intern Med. ;96:475–482. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-4-475
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(4):475-482.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Dyslipidemia.
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