[The clinical efficacy of a succinate-containing infusion drug during pharmacotherapy for hepatic lesions of varying genesis: results of meta-analysis]

Ter Arkh. 2013;85(1):56-61.
[Article in Russian]


Aim: To pool the published results of trials of the new infusion hepatoprotector remaxol for the integral quantification of the magnitude of its clinical efficacy.

Subjects and methods: The authors made a systematized review of the published results of randomized clinical trials of the succinate-containing infusion hepatoprotector remaxol in diseases associated with hepatic lesions (chronic hepatitis B and C, severe ethanol intoxication in the presence of alcohol dependence, drug-induced liver lesion during treatment of tuberculosis, and metabolic syndrome). The pooled database included information on 935 patients. The combined control group (n = 447) received traditional pharmacotherapy drugs (active placebo), the treatment group (n = 628) additionally took remaxol.

Results: Meta-analysis of the frequency characteristics of positive outcomes (the rate of disappearance of major clinical symptoms and complications) and the activity range for the enzymes characterizing hepatocyte cytolysis (alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase) and cholestasis (alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamate transpeptidase) in the compared groups could provide an integral evaluation of the clinical efficacy of remaxol, which was 1.57 for enzymatic activity and 1.78 for the frequency characteristics of outcomes. The odds ratio of positive outcomes was 2.9 (range 1.9 to 3.9) and the number of patients who needed to be treated with remaxol during the follow-up to prevent a poor outcome in one patient was 6 (range 4 to 8).

Conclusion: The succinic acid-based infusion hepatoprotector remaxol provides a statistically and clinically significant therapeutic effect in the drug correction of hepatic lesions of varying genesis.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Liver / drug effects*
  • Liver Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Succinates / administration & dosage*


  • Remaxol
  • Succinates