Importance of the field: Lipid-modifying drugs are therapeutic options that have been shown to reduce the biological and clinical burden related to atherosclerosis; they can be used to correct minor lipid abnormalities, as well as the more severe dyslipidemias that can be met in clinical practice. Areas covered in this review: HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) surely represent the choice agents, and must be utilized in relation to the global cardiovascular risk of a hypercholesterolemic subject. When treatment is only partly effective, association therapy is a reasonable solution or, alternatively, a shift towards other less effective 'rescue' drugs or nutraceutical 'ancillary remedies'. In every case, drug tolerability warrants consideration. What the reader will gain: Pharmacotherapy of lipid disorders cannot be separated from the knowledge of the main clinical trial results and the pharmacological characteristics of hypocholesterolemic drugs. An appropriate treatment protocol is proposed and examined. Take home message: Hypolipidemic drugs must be added to therapeutic lifestyle changes, and not substituted for them; they may be prosecuted indefinitely, without any interruption; drug adherence is a prerequisite of efficacy and clinical monitoring is necessary for both compliance and safety issues. © 2010 Informa UK, Ltd.
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|Titolo:||Pharmacotherapy of dyslipidemias in the adult population|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista|