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Combination Therapy for the Treatment of Rosacea

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00945373
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 24, 2009
Last Update Posted : June 17, 2019
American Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ellen Marmur, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy of calcium dobesilate in combination with pulsed dye laser for the treatment of rosacea.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea Drug: calcium dobesilate Procedure: pulsed dye laser Phase 1

Detailed Description:

Rosacea is a common cutaneous disorder characterized by facial erythema, papules and pustules and telangiectasias. The clinical manifestations of this disorder are distributed along the convexities of the face such as the cheeks, chin, nose and central aspects of the forehead.

The flushing and telangiectasias associated with erythematotelangietatic rosacea (ETR) are notoriously difficult to treat with standard medications. Patients with ETR have a lower threshold for irritation from topically applied drugs and these substances may even exacerbate their symptoms.

Pulsed dye laser (PDL) is widely considered as the treatment of choice for vascular malformations including telangiectasias, port wine stains and hemangiomas. Several studies have shown successful treatment of rosacea-associated telangiectasia and erythema with pulsed dye laser. Moreover, calcium dobesilate (2,5-dihydroxybenzene sulfonate) is a drug that inhibits vascular smooth muscle cell growth and inhibits cellular proliferation. As a synthetic inhibitor of fibroblast growth factor (FGF), calcium dobesilate targets angiogenic growth factors which lead to uncontrolled blood vessel growth. In light of the fact that angiogenesis has been implicated in erythematotelangietatic rosacea, calcium dobesilate will be useful in the treatment of this subtype of rosacea.

Thus, combination treatment with PDL and calcium dobsilate will act in a synergistic manner to reduce the erythema, flushing and telangectasia associated with erythematotelangietatic rosacea.

If the subject meets the inclusion criteria and informed consent is obtained, the subject will receive 2.5% calcium dobesilate get to apply to half of the face (randomized). The subject will also receive pulsed dye laser treatments to the whole face at two week intervals for a maximum of 3 treatments. The primary endpoint of this study will be the severity of rosacea at the end of the 20 week study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 6 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Combination Therapy for the Treatment of Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea
Study Start Date : July 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2010

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus Genetics related topics: Rosacea
MedlinePlus related topics: Rosacea

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea
2.5% gel calcium dobesilate and pulsed dye laser
Drug: calcium dobesilate
2.5% gel

Procedure: pulsed dye laser
All study patients will be treated with 595 nm PDL (Vbeam, Candela Corp, Wayland, Mass) with an initial test spot using a fluence of 10 J/cm2, 7-mm spot size and 1.5-ms pulse duration. Based on the biologic response of the test area, the fluence will accordingly be adjusted up or down to find a fluence that produces a transient purpuric effect for a few seconds only.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Investigator Global Assessment (IGA) scale [ Time Frame: one year ]
    Global rosacea scale assssed as the success of rosacea treatment is usually defined as a score of 1 ('almost clear') or 0 ('clear') on the 5-point Investigator Global Assessment (IGA) scale. full scale from 0-4, with higher score indicating more disease.

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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:

  1. Must understand and voluntarily sign an informed consent form.
  2. Must be male or female and aged ≥ 18 years at time of consent.
  3. Must be able to adhere to the study visit schedule and other protocol requirements.
  4. Must have clinically typical confirmed diagnosis of erythematotelangestatic rosacea.
  5. Females of childbearing potential (FCBP)‡ must have one negative urine pregnancy tests at screening. In addition, sexually active FCBP must agree to use TWO of the following adequate forms of contraception while on study medication: oral, injectable, or implantable hormonal contraceptives; tubal ligation; intrauterine device; barrier contraceptive with spermicide; or vasectomized partner while on the study. A FCBP must agree to have pregnancy tests every 4 weeks while on study medication.
  6. Males (including those who have had a vasectomy) must agree to use barrier contraception (latex condoms) when engaging in sexual activity with FCBP while on study medication.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Inability to provide voluntary informed consent.
  2. Pregnant or breastfeeding female.
  3. A skin examination reveals the presence of another skin disease and/or condition (excessive facial hair, excessive scarring, sunburn, or other disfigurement) located on the face that would confound the evaluation of the rosacea.
  4. Current or past ocular rosacea, such as conjunctivitis, iritis and keratitis of sufficient severity to require topical or systemic antibiotics.
  5. Subjects with recurrent gastritis, renal dysfunction or ulcer disease (peptic or duodenal).
  6. Treatment with topical antibiotics, topical steroids, topical retinoids and other topical rosacea treatments on the face within 14 days of baseline and throughout the study.
  7. Treatment with any systemic medication or therapy known to affect inflammatory responses within the 30 days prior to baseline and throughout the study.
  8. Treatment with systemic retinoids within 6 months prior to study entry (e.g., acitretin, isotretinoin).
  9. Use of laser or light based rosacea treatments within the past 2 months.
  10. History of hypersensitivity or allergies to any ingredient in the study drug.
  11. Current drug or alcohol abuse.
  12. Have participated in any clinical trial involving an investigational drug or cosmetic product or procedure within the past 30 days.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00945373

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United States, New York
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, New York, United States, 10029
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ellen Marmur
American Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine
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Principal Investigator: Ellen Marmur, MD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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Responsible Party: Ellen Marmur, Principal Investigator, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Identifier: NCT00945373    
Other Study ID Numbers: GCO # 09-0839
First Posted: July 24, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 17, 2019
Last Verified: June 2019
Keywords provided by Ellen Marmur, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai:
topical treatment
pulsed dye laser
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Skin Diseases
Calcium Dobesilate
Calcium-Regulating Hormones and Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs