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Comparison of the effects on quality of life and of the efficacy and tolerability of lovastatin versus pravastatin. The Quality of Life Multicenter Group.

Author(s): Weir MR, Berger ML, Weeks ML, Liss CL, Santanello NC

Affiliation(s): Department of Medicine, University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Publication date & source: 1996-03-01, Am J Cardiol., 77(7):475-9.

Publication type: Clinical Trial; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial

This multicenter study compared the effects of lovastatin (40 mg) and pravastatin (40 mg) on quality of life. Men, aged 20 to 65 years old, with primary hypercholesterolemia (types IIa and IIb) were eligible for enrollment if baseline low-density lipoprotein cholesterol met the first National Cholesterol Education Program adult treatment guidelines. Eligible patients were enrolled into a 6-week diet baseline period, followed by a 6-week diet-plus-placebo period. Patients whose low-density lipoprotein cholesterol still met National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines for drug therapy were randomized into the double-blind, active-treatment period to receive either lovastatin 40 mg or pravastatin 40 mg/day for 12 weeks. Clinic visits were scheduled every 4 weeks and included complete serum lipid profiles, monitoring of adverse experiences, and patient completion of health-related quality-of-life questionnaires. The primary end point of the study was the change in quality of life, as measured by the Nottingham Health Profile (part 1) after 12 weeks of treatment. Secondary end points included responses to a general health question from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, sexual function questions from the Medical Outcomes Study, and stress/life event questions from the National Institutes of Health Post-Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Study. No significant differences between the 2 groups were observed in tolerability, health-related quality-of-life measures, or changes in lipid profiles.

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