Effects of one year of treatment with pravastatin, an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, on lipoprotein a

J Clin Pharmacol. 1993 Jun;33(6):574-80. doi: 10.1002/j.1552-4604.1993.tb04706.x.


Lipoprotein a [Lp(a)] has emerged as a critical factor in the assessment of cardiovascular risk. In the study reported here, Lp(a) concentrations were monitored in patients taking pravastatin, a new hydrophilic, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. A cohort of patients with frozen plasma aliquots at baseline, week 12 of the double-blind therapy, and week 48 of open-label therapy (1 years' treatment) was selected from 306 participants in a phase 2 dose-ranging study of pravastatin. The 125 men and women in the cohort had mean low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentrations of at least 150 mg/dL (3.88 mmol/L), and mean plasma triglyceride concentrations less than 250 mg/dL (2.82 mmol/L) during the baseline diet phase. During the double-blind phase, 46 patients received placebo, and 79 received pravastatin 10, 20, or 40 mg daily. Only the 79 pravastatin-treated patients in the cohort continued in the 48-week open-label study of pravastatin. During the double-blind phase, Lp(a) decreased 4.6% in patients taking placebo, and 0.4% in patients taking pravastatin. Net change was not significant. At week 48, in the patients taking pravastatin, Lp(a) had increased 2.4%, a difference that again was not statistically significant. Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (-33.6%), total cholesterol (-25.6%), triglycerides (-19.9%), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) (+7.0%), apolipoprotein A-I (+13.3%), and apolipoprotein B (-33.0%) changed significantly (P < .01). Among 19 patients with baseline Lp(a) levels greater than 30 mg/dL, Lp(a) decreased insignificantly.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia / blood
  • Hypercholesterolemia / drug therapy
  • Lipoprotein(a) / drug effects*
  • Lipoproteins / blood
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pravastatin / pharmacology*
  • Pravastatin / therapeutic use
  • Time Factors
  • Triglycerides / blood


  • Cholesterol, LDL
  • Lipoprotein(a)
  • Lipoproteins
  • Triglycerides
  • Pravastatin