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Clin Nephrol. 2011 Feb;75(2):107-12.

Ezetimibe is effective in the treatment of persistent hyperlipidemia of renal allograft recipients.

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Transplantation Center, Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital of Patras, Patras, Greece.



Ezetimibe is a hypolipidemic agent acting via inhibition of cholesterol absorption from the small intestine. The effectiveness and safety of long-term administration of ezetimibe was evaluated in renal allograft recipients with persistent hyperlipidemia.


67 renal allograft recipients with post-transplantation hyperlipidemia resistant to statins were included in the study; 11 were treated with ezetimibe (10 mg/day) alone and 56 with ezetimibe and statin. The effectiveness of ezetimibe was assessed by determination of total cholesterol (TC), LDL cholesterol (LDL-C), HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) and triglycerides (TR). Its safety was determined by liver enzymes (ALT, AST), LDH, CPK, serum creatinine and blood levels of immunosuppressive drugs (cyclosporine, tacrolimus, everolimus, sirolimus) over the follow-up period of 18±6 months.


A significant reduction of TC and LDL-C blood levels by 25% and 34% respectively, was observed during the first month of treatment with ezetimibe (p<0.001). This reduction was maintained for the whole period of ezetimibe administration. Renal function remained stable over the follow-up period, while no changes of the blood levels of immunosuppressive drugs were observed. Liver enzymes, LDH and CPK remained normal in all patients except for one diabetic patient who developed rhabdomyolysis. Apart from gastrointestinal symptoms in 2 patients, no other side effects were observed.


Combination of ezetimibe with statins represents an effective and safe regimen for treatment of persistent hyperlipidemia in renal allograft recipients.

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