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Treatment of Rhinitis With Intranasal Vitamin E

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Recruitment Status : Terminated (Due to a substantial response to placebo an interim analysis indicated the need for a larger than expected study population to achieve the level of significance)
First Posted : January 24, 2006
Last Update Posted : July 18, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Brief Summary:
Many beneficial effects of vitamin E have been described, but vitamin E supplementation by mouth has not been effective in the treatment of nasal symptoms and allergic rhinitis. The investigators will evaluate the effect of vitamin E directly applied to the lining of the nose in individuals with moderate to severe rhinitis by symptom questionnaires.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Rhinitis Drug: RRR-alpha-tocopherol 1,000 IU/mL Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Vitamin E has health promoting properties that are attributed to its anti-oxidant action and its ability to stabilize cell membrane and promote restoration of the skin barrier function. The beneficial effects of the topical vitamin E applied to the skin have been firmly established and many skin care products now contain vitamin E, whereas the purported benefits cannot be achieved by oral intake of vitamin E. Recently oral vitamin E was shown to be ineffective in the management of allergic rhinitis, which reminisces the clinical experience in dermatology. The failure of oral vitamin E could result from the relatively low local concentration that are not sufficient to scavenge the reactive oxygen species generated in the inflammatory process and restore the consequent epithelial damage to the nasal mucosa in rhinitis.The effect of topical vitamin E applied intranasally to the mucosa has never been studied. It stands to reason that higher local concentrations can be achieved by topical application of vitamin E directly to the nasal mucosa, which may confer the same positive effects observed with its direct application to the skin. We will perform a single center, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial to investigate the role of topical alpha-tocopherol in oil applied to the nasal mucosa 3 times per day with a q-tip on the subjective symptoms of rhinitis over the course of a 4-week period.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 10 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: DBPCR Clinical Trial for Treatment of Rhinitis With Intranasal Vitamin E
Actual Study Start Date : December 7, 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 1, 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : September 1, 2007

Intervention Details:
  • Drug: RRR-alpha-tocopherol 1,000 IU/mL
    Intranasal application three times daily vs. placebo (inert excipient)

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Reduction in the Rhinitis/Sinusitis Treatment Outcome Questionnaire (ROQa) composite score at the end of the 4th week [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Reduction of severity score for each individual symptom [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
  2. Reduction of severity score for the composite symptom score at weekly intervals during the 4-week study period [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
  3. Reduction of severity score for the Sinonasal Outcome Test (SNOT-16) at the end of the study [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
  4. Reduction of severity score for the Mini-RQLQ (Mini Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire) at the end of the study [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical symptoms of rhinitis and symptom severity score of 25 or higher on the self-administered Rhinosinusitis Questionnaire (range of 0, i.e. absence of any symptom, to 50, which indicates the most severe symptom in each category)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to give informed consent, comprehend questions or instructions and complete questionnaires
  • Recent change (within 2 weeks) in the medications that may affect nasal or sinus symptoms (intranasal or systemic glucocorticosteroids, mast cell stabilizer, antihistamines, decongestants, leukotriene antagonist, antibiotics, preparations containing thyroid or sex hormones, alpha-blocking agents)
  • Intranasal use of oil- or gel-based products

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00281307

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United States, Pennsylvania
Cathy Mende, CRNP
Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, 17033
Sponsors and Collaborators
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Soheil Chegini, MD Penn State University
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Identifier: NCT00281307    
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB 21786
First Posted: January 24, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 18, 2017
Last Verified: July 2017
Keywords provided by Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:
Vitamin E
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Nose Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Vitamin E
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Protective Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Growth Substances