Severe rhabdomyolysis associated with the cerivastin-gemfibrozil combination therapy: report of a case

Tex Heart Inst J. 2001;28(2):142-5.


Cerivastatin is the new 3rd-generation of the synthetic 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors, the 1st drugs of choice for treating hypercholesterolemia. A potent inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase, it possesses a high affinity for liver tissue and decreases plasma low-density lipoprotein cholesterol at microgram doses. Cerivastatin produces reductions in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol of 31.3% and 36.1% at doses of 0.3 and 0.4 mg/day, respectively It is an uncomplicated agent with regard to its pharmacokinetic profile, low potential for interaction with other drugs, and suitability for use in those with impaired renal function. Most other statins have been implicated in causing rhabdomyolysis, either as monotherapy or in combination with other agents. We report what to our knowledge is the most profound case yet in the literature of rhabdomyolysis in association with cerivastatin-gemfibrozil combination therapy, in regard both to the extreme elevation in serum creatinine kinase and to the patient's near-paralytic weakness.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Gemfibrozil / administration & dosage
  • Gemfibrozil / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / administration & dosage
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / adverse effects*
  • Hypolipidemic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Hypolipidemic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Pyridines / administration & dosage
  • Pyridines / adverse effects*
  • Rhabdomyolysis / chemically induced*
  • Severity of Illness Index


  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
  • Hypolipidemic Agents
  • Pyridines
  • cerivastatin
  • Gemfibrozil