A Study of Neutrexin Plus Leucovorin in the Treatment of Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP)
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To evaluate the safety and efficacy of trimetrexate glucuronate with leucovorin protection in patients with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) who are refractory to or have demonstrated severe or life-threatening toxicities to standard therapies (e.g., TMP/SMX or parenteral pentamidine).
Patients receive intravenous infusions of trimetrexate glucuronate and leucovorin for 21 days. Leucovorin is continued for 3 additional days after discontinuation of trimetrexate glucuronate. Patients are followed for 1 month.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
2 Years and older (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Myelosuppressive or nephrotoxic agents at the discretion of the treating physician.
Patients must have:
Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) confirmed within 15 days prior to study entry.
Serious intolerance and/or resistance to standard therapies (such as trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and parenteral pentamidine) during the course of therapy for the current episode of PCP, or a documented history of such intolerance during a prior episode.
Consent of parent or guardian if less than 18 years of age.
Pregnant women may enroll after the physician and patient have discussed the potential benefit versus risk.
Patients with the following prior conditions are excluded:
History of Type I hypersensitivity (i.e., urticaria, angioedema, or anaphylaxis), exfoliative dermatitis, or other life-threatening reactions due to trimetrexate glucuronate.