Effect of chitosan on lipid levels when administered concurrently with atorvastatin--a placebo controlled study

Guha, S.; Pal, S.K.; Chatterjee, N.; Sarkar, G.; Pal, S.; Guha, S.; Basu, A.K.; Banerjee, R.

Journal of the Indian Medical Association 103(8): 418; 420

2005


ISSN/ISBN: 0019-5847
PMID: 16363196
Document Number: 8771
In a placebo controlled trial the lipid lowering effects of chitosan, a unique dietary fibre, was assessed when given along with atorvastatin 10 mg in patients with chronic coronary heart disease. Altogether 100 patients were studied. They were randomly allocated in two groups of 50 patients each. Patients of group A received atorvastatin 10 mg before dinner plus 2 g/day chitosan in two divided doses. The group B patients received atorvastatin 10 mg plus placebo. Patients were followed up for a period of 6 weeks. There was significant reduction in mean body weight in group A patients (3.14% versus 1,29% of body weight, p<0.05). There was also a significant rise in HDL cholesterol value (3.8% versus 1.07%, p=0.02) in group A patients. However, there was no significant reduction in the mean values of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride in the two groups, although group A patients showed marginally lower values.

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Effect of chitosan on lipid levels when administered concurrently with atorvastatin--a placebo controlled study