Efficacy and safety of fexofenadine in the treatment of pruritus associated with eczema

Young Hoon Kim, Joo Yoen Ko, Kee Chan Moon, Young Min Park, Young Joon Seo, Jae Hak Yoo, Kwang Hoon Lee, Seung Chul Lee, Ai Young Lee, Seong Eon Kim, Ho Sun Jang, Choong Lim Haw, Young Suck Ro

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Background: Fexofenadine (Allegra®) is a Hi-receptor selective antihistamine which exhibits consistent efficacy and safety in the treatment of allergic diseases. We thought that fexofenadine may be useful in treatment of the pruritus associated with eczema. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of fexofenadine in the treatment of pruritus associated with eczema. Methods: In this study, patients with atopic and allergic contact dermatitis were divided into a group given fexofenadine 180 mg once daily with topical prednicarbate treatment group or a topical prednicarbate treatment only group, for 1 week. The primary efficacy parameter was the mean change from baseline in pruritus score, and the secondary parameters were the mean change in the incidence of scratching, the mean change in visual analogue scale (0-100 mm) of pruritus, and a comparison of patient satisfaction. Results: 435 patients were included and the mean age was 32.9 years old. The mean pruritus score at baseline was 3.55 point in fexofenadine group and 3.51 point in the control group. Regarding the mean change in pruritus score, fexofenadine significantly decreased the severity of pruritus compared with the control group (p<0.05). There were no significant differences in the decrease in the incidence of scratching between the two groups. A decrease in pruritus levels utilizing visual analogue scale was significant in the fexofenadine group (p<0.05) and patient satisfaction was significantly higher in the fexofenadine group (p=0.0192). There was no significant difference in the incidence of adverse events between two groups (p=0.6237). Conclusion: Fexofenadine administered 180 mg once daily in combination with topical prednicarbate treatment was effective and well tolerated in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-159
Number of pages9
JournalKorean Journal of Dermatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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