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Pharmacogenomics of cholesterol-lowering therapy

Schmitz, Gerd ; Langmann, Thomas


The prevention of cardiovascular disease is critically dependent on lipid-lowering therapy, including 3-hydroxymethyl-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors (statins), cholesterol absorption inhibitors, bile acid resins, fibrates, and nicotinic acid. Although these drugs are generally well tolerated, severe adverse effects can occur in a minority of patients. Furthermore, a ...


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