Anti Lipedemic

Antilipemic agents

These medications usually lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. In addition, they sometimes lower triglyceride (TG) levels and may modestly elevate high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels. Antilipemic agents may be of value to patients with hypoalphalipoproteinemia (HA).

How do Antilipidemic drugs work?

It works inhibiting microsomal triglyceride transfer protein. It is the first in a new class of lipid-lowering agents to improve lipoproteins (total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, and nonhigh-density lipoprotein cholesterol and (apo B) in patients.


Clofibrate is a lipid-lowering agent (antilipidemic) used for controlling high cholesterol (anticholesteremic) and triacylglyceride levels in the blood. It increases lipoprotein lipase activity to promote the conversion of VLDL to LDL, thereby reducing VLDL levels. It is indicated only in subjects with increased concentrations of VLDL and intermediate-density lipoproteins (IDL) who have failed to respond adequately to gemfibrozil or nicotinic acid. Clofibrate is of limited utility for patients with either familial hypercholesterolemia or polygenic hypercholesterolemia, as comparatively more effective drugs are available for lowering the concentration of LDL in these patients.

Clofibrate has no effect on hyperchylomicronemia, nor does it affect concentrations of high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Thus, clofibrate appears to have specific efficacy only in patients with familial type-III hyperlipoproteinemia. There is no substantial evidence proving efficacy of clofibrate in preventing deaths from coronary artery disease. Clofibrate has been used to prevent or control polydipsia, polyuria, and dehydration in a limited number of patients with mild to moderate neurohypophyseal diabetes insipidus. A 5-year multicenter study reported failure of clofibrate in reducing or preventing mortality in cardiovascular disorders, which has provided a setback for the prophylactic use of this drug.


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