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Terbinafine Compared to Griseofulvin in Children With Tinea Capitis

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00117754
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 8, 2005
Last Update Posted : February 21, 2007
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Study Description
Brief Summary:

Tinea capitis is a dermatophyte infection of the scalp hair follicles, which occurs primarily in children. Hair loss, hair breakage, scaling, plus various degrees of erythema, pustules and pruritus are the primary clinical signs which can be associated with tinea capitis. The infection is caused by a relatively small group of dermatophytes in the genera Trichophyton and Microsporum.

Terbinafine hydrochloride is a synthetic allylamine derivative antifungal agent. This study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of terbinafine in children with tinea capitis.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Tinea Capitis Drug: Terbinafine hydrochloride Phase 3

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 720 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Efficacy and Safety of Terbinafine Compared to Griseofulvin in Children With Tinea Capitis
Study Start Date : July 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: Tinea Infections
U.S. FDA Resources

Arms and Interventions

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Complete cure (negative mycology and clinical cure) rate at Week 10

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical cure rate at Week 10
  2. Mycological cure rate at Week 10
  3. Safety of terbinafine

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with clinical diagnosis of tinea capitis confirmed by positive KOH determined by the central mycology laboratory.
  • Male or female patients who are at least 4 years old and no more than 12 years old.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients having a medical condition that alters the absorption and/or metabolism of terbinafine (e.g. liver, renal disease etc.)
  • Patients receiving medication that may interfere with the evaluation of the drug’s effect
  • Patients who have kerions requiring immediate treatment or treatment with systemic corticosteroids and/or systemic antibiotics
  • Patients with a history of liver disease or current/active liver disease or with elevation of livery enzymes outside of the normal range corresponding to their age
  • Patients who have received recent systemic or topical treatment for tinea capitis within the specified time periods (e.g. systemic antifungals within 2 months of screening visit, topical treatments [e.g. antifungals, corticosteroid preparations, zinc pyrithione or selenium sulfide or tar containing products] within 1 week of screening).
  • Patients with a history of systemic lupus erythematosus
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00117754

United States, New Jersey
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
East Hanover, New Jersey, United States, 07936
Sponsors and Collaborators
More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00117754     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SFO327C2302
First Posted: July 8, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 21, 2007
Last Verified: August 2006

Keywords provided by Novartis:
Terbinafine, Tinea capitis, pediatric, antifungal

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Tinea Capitis
Skin Diseases, Infectious
Skin Diseases
Scalp Dermatoses
Antifungal Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action