Bezafibrate (Bezalip - MCP), an analogue of clofibrate (Atromid-S), has been marketed in the UK for two years. Like clofibrate 1 it lowers both triglyceride and total cholesterol levels in plasma. The reduction is usually in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, whilst high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol rises. Like other lipid-lowering drugs, it should be used only where appropriate dietary measures have failed and where the hyperlipidaemia poses a significant risk.2
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