The study was designed to compare Rosuvastatin with Atorvastatin in terms of their efficacy to reduce low-density lipoproteins (LDL-C) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. For this purpose, a cross-sectional analytical study was conducted in the OPD of Nishtar Medical Hospital, Multan, for six months. The study enrolled 66 patients who were consecutively allocated for double-blind therapy with 10mg Atorvastatin (n = 33) and 10mg Rosuvastatin (n = 33) for one month. The doses titration was carried up to four months in certain patients who failed to achieve 1998 European LDL-C level in the first month. A significant number of patients who were given 10mg Rosuvastatin matched the 1998 LDL-C goal in compared to the patients with 10mg dose of atorvastatin at one month (51% vs 46%, p< 0.0001) and at four months (94% vs 88%, p<0.05). Conclusively, Rosuvastatin was significantly more efficacious than Atorvastatin in its ability to reduce LDL-C.
Keywords: LDL-C, Rosuvastatin, Atorvastatin, T2DM, statins.