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Indian J Nephrol. 2008 Apr;18(2):58-63. doi: 10.4103/0971-4065.42334.

Monascus purpureus Went rice in nephrotic hyperlipidemia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Nephrotic dyslipidemia is a risk factor for the development of systemic atherosclerosis; and may aggravate glomerulosclerosis and enhance progression of glomerular disease. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of Monascus purpureus Went rice vs. fluvastatin therapy in the management of nephrotic dyslipidemia.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Seventy-two patients with persistent idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (NS) with secondary dyslipidemia were included. They were randomly allocated into three age and sex-matched groups. The first group comprised 20 cases and were given M. purpureus Went rice in a dose of 600 mg twice/day for 1 month then once daily, the second group comprised 30 cases were given fluvastatin in a daily dose of 20 mg. The remaining 22 received no antidyslipidemic therapy and constituted a control group. All of these patients were subjected to thorough laboratory investigations including renal function tests and lipogram. Moreover, the neuromuscular status was evaluated with electromyography and nerve conduction velocity.

RESULTS:

Our results showed that both fluvstatin and M. purpureus Went rice were well tolerated with no evidence of significant side effects including neuromuscular functions. Both of them significantly reduced cholesterol after 6 months and 1 year.

CONCLUSION:

Monascus purpureus Went rice is safe, effective, and economic treatment strategy for nephrotic dyslipidemia.

KEYWORDS:

Glomerulonephritis; Monascus purpureus; nephrotic syndrome; neurotoxicity; statin

PMID:
20142904
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PMCID:
PMC2813119
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