Journal of the Korean Medical Association (대한의사협회지), Vol.58(8) : 745~749, 2015
Journal of the Korean Medical Association (대한의사협회지)
Latest guidelines on lipid management recommend statins as the first-line therapy. Because limited evidence is available on cardiovascular outcomes with varying statin-nonstatin combinations, recommendation levels for these regimens have been weak. However, a recent trial has demonstrated the additive effect of the statin-ezetimibe combination. The statin-fibrate combination has shown an effect in certain subgroups and on diabetic microangiopathy. Recent trials using the statin-niacin combination have been largely negative, whereas the statin-omega-3 fatty acids combination demonstrated a positive effect only in one study. Identifying the benefits and limitations of each combination is important for the best possible management of patients.