Add-on-Statin Extended Release Nicotinic Acid/Laropiprant but Not the Switch to High-Dose Rosuvastatin Lowers Blood Pressure: An Open-Label Randomized Study (Journal article)

Kei, A./ Elisaf, M. S./ Moutzouri, E./ Tsiara, S./ Liberopoulos, E.

Introduction. Nicotinic acid (NA) and statins have been associated with reductions in blood pressure (BP). Patients and Methods. We recruited 68 normotensive and hypertensive dyslipidemic patients who were treated with a conventional statin dose and had not achieved lipid targets. Patients were randomized to switch to high-dose rosuvastatin (40 mg/day) or to add-on current statin treatment with extended release (ER) NA/laropiprant (1000/20 mg/day for the first 4 weeks followed by 2000/40 mg/day for the next 8 weeks) for 3 months. Results. Switching to rosuvastatin 40 mg/day was not associated with significant BP alterations. In contrast, the addition of ER-NA/laropiprant to current statin treatment resulted in a 7% reduction of systolic BP (from 134 +/- 12 to 125 +/- 10 mmHg, P < .001 versus baseline and P = .01 versus rosuvastatin group) and a 5% reduction of diastolic BP (from 81 +/- 9 to 77 +/- 6 mmHg, P = .009 versus baseline and P = .01 versus rosuvastatin group). These reductions were significant only in the subgroup of hypertensives and were independent of the hypolipidemic effects of ER-NA/laropiprant. Conclusions. Contrary to the switch to high-dose rosuvastatin, the addition of ER-NA/laropiprant to statin treatment was associated with significant reductions in both systolic and diastolic BP.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικής
ISSN: 2090-0392
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