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Role of Oral Glutathione in Skin Whitening

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01016080
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 18, 2009
Last Update Posted : November 18, 2009
Information provided by:
Chulalongkorn University

Brief Summary:
Oral and intravenous glutathione have been used widely to whiten the skin. The investigators tested this hypothesis by giving oral glutathione for 4 weeks to medical students.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Skin Whitening Drug: glutathione Drug: placebo Phase 1

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Glutathione as an Oral Whitening Agent: a Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study
Study Start Date : February 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2009

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Drug Information available for: Glutathione

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: oral glutathione
glutathione, 500 mg, taken orally twice daily
Drug: glutathione
250 mg capsules, twice daily, orally

Placebo Comparator: placebo capsules
identical-appearing placebo capsules
Drug: placebo
250 mg capsules, twice daily, orally

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Skin melanin index [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 25 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy medical students

Exclusion Criteria:

  • history of skin cancer, especially melanoma
  • consumption of any preparations containing glutathione within 1 month of enrollment
  • pigmentary disorders or any dermatoses

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King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital
Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
Sponsors and Collaborators
Chulalongkorn University
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Responsible Party: Pravit Asawanonda, Chulalongkorn University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01016080    
Other Study ID Numbers: COA840/2008
First Posted: November 18, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 18, 2009
Last Verified: November 2009
Keywords provided by Chulalongkorn University:
UV spots
skin pigment