Ear Drops for Children With Otitis Media

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 25, 2008
Results First Posted : December 2, 2010
Last Update Posted : December 2, 2010
Standard Homeopathic Company
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University of Washington

February 13, 2008
February 25, 2008
September 28, 2010
December 2, 2010
December 2, 2010
February 2008
February 2009   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Resolution of Otitis Media Symptoms [ Time Frame: 5 days ]
Mean scores as measured on the Ear Treatment Group-5 scale. This scale quantifies severity of symptoms in children with otitis media. There are 5 components to the scale: fever, earache or tugging, feeding, irritability and sleep. For each component symptoms are rated as 0, 4 or 7 based on severity, with higher scores indicating more sever symptoms. For the primary outcome, the scores for each component were summed to determine an overall Ear Treatment Group -5 Scale score. Total scores range from 0-35. Two assessessments were conducted each day.
Resolution of Otitis Media Symptoms [ Time Frame: 5 days ]
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Side Effects of Therapy [ Time Frame: 5 days ]
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Ear Drops for Children With Otitis Media
Ear Drops for Children With Otitis Media
The purpose of this study is to determine if a commercially available homeopathic ear drop preparation is effective in reducing symptoms in children 6 months - 11 years old with acute otitis media. A total of 120 study patients with otitis media will be randomized to receive homeopathic ear drops, or no ear drops, in addition to receiving standard care. It is postulated that children using the ear drops will have more rapid resolution of symptoms and need fewer antibiotics than those randomized to not receive the ear drops.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Acute Otitis Media
Drug: Hyland's earache drops
3-4 drops in affected ear 3 times a day as needed for up to 5 days
  • Active Comparator: 1
    homeopathic ear drops in addition to standard care for otitis media
    Intervention: Drug: Hyland's earache drops
  • No Intervention: 2
    No ear drops, standard care for otitis
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April 2009
February 2009   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Presenting to participating clinic with otitis media
  • Diagnosed with acute otitis media
  • Parents rate symptoms as a "moderate problem" or more

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of otitis media within preceding 30 days
  • Receipt of antibiotics within 2 days
  • Perforated ear drum or bullous lesion
  • Receipt of homeopathic treatment within 30 days
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
6 Months to 11 Years   (Child)
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United States
07-9092-B 01
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James A. Taylor, MD, Professor, University of Washington
University of Washington
Standard Homeopathic Company
Principal Investigator: James A Taylor University of Washington
University of Washington
November 2010

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