Lipid Changes with IBD Medications

JAM Sleutjes et al. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2023; 29: 531-538. Open Access! Lipid Changes After Induction Therapy in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Effect of Different Drug Classes and Inflammation

In this prospective study (n=198), the authors examined lipid profile changes at week 10 in patients starting IBD medications: corticosteroids, thiopurines, methotrexate, anti-TNF-α agents, vedolizumab, ustekinumab, and tofacitinib.

Key findings:

  • Relative increases in total cholesterol, HDL-c, and LDL-c were significant after prednisone (+26%, +31%, +12%) and tofacitinib therapy (+20%, +25%, +26%), respectively
  • No changes were observed in other drug classes
  • Findings did not correlate with calprotectin or CRP values, likely indicating a direct medication effect

My take: Recent studies have provided some reassurance regarding tofacitinib and the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) (see posts below). Nevertheless, it seems prudent to monitor lipids in patients receiving JAK inhibitors.

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