DRUG CHALLENGE: Drugs to control cholesterol
Jennifer Belavic PharmD

March 2012 
Volume 42  Number 3
Pages 68 - 68
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Do you know what they contain? Match the brand names in Section I with the generic ingredients in Section II._____ 1. Lopid (Pfizer)_____ 2. Zetia (Merck/Schering-Plough)_____ 3. Livalo (Kowa)_____ 4. Questran (Par)a. pitavastatin 1 mg, 2 mg, 4 mg tabletsThis drug is an HMG-coenzyme A reductase inhibitor used as an adjunct to diet to reduce total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), apolipoprotein B, and triglycerides, and to increase high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). Teach patients to promptly report any unexplained muscle pain or weakness, which may indicate rhabdomyolysis.b. gemfibrozil 600 mg tabletsA fibric acid derivative, this drug is used as an adjunct to diet to lower serum triglycerides and increase HDL-C. Contraindications include hepatic or severe renal dysfunction and preexisting gallbladder disease.c. cholestyramine 4 g single-dose packetPrescribed as adjunctive therapy to diet to reduce elevated serum cholesterol in patients with primary hypercholesterolemia,

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