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Merckís Combination Cholesterol Drug Liptruzet Gets FDA Nod

by Savitha C Muppala on May 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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 Merckís Combination Cholesterol Drug Liptruzet Gets FDA Nod

New combination cholesterol drug, Liptruzet by Merck, has received approval by FDA. This drug helps in lowering a patient's low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.

This drug is a mix of drugs ezetimibe and atorvastatin and works well in the treatment of hyperlipidemia.

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The FDA has approved the use of this drug to treat elevated LDL levels especially in cases where diet and lifestyle changes have not helped in making a difference to "bad cholesterol" levels.

The company said this combination pill is a boon for patients whose earlier attempts at lowering cholesterol had not worked. The dosage for the drug is usually one per day with a dosage range of 10/10 mg/day through 10/80 mg/day. Liptruzet may cost $5.50 per pill as per the list price of the company.

Every 1% reduction in your cholesterol level lowers your risk of heart disease by 2%. Each increase of 1 mg/dL (not percent) of your good cholesterol decreases your risk 2-3%.



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