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Oral Vitamin B12 as Potential Treatment of Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 8, 2006
Last Update Posted : January 23, 2009
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Soroka University Medical Center

Brief Summary:


Recurrent aphthous stomatitis is a common phenomenon in Primary Medicine.Frequency of the phenomenon can be as high as 25% of the general population and the recurrence of the problem can be up to 50%.Different approaches for treatment are described: treatment with various natural vitamins , local ointments , disinfectant agents for local treatment , local antibiotic ointments , NSAID, local cortisone-steroids , and even medication on the basis of immune-depressants of the immune system and systematic steroids .


A double-blind study of daily administration of sublingual Vitamin B12 tablets manufactured by Solgar (each tablet containing 1000 mcg. of Vitamin B12) opposed to placebo tablets.

Purpose of the research:

To investigate the effect of Vitamin B12 on the frequency of recurrent canker sores of the mouth (RAS).

Study hypothesis:

Treatment with vitamin B12 will reduce the recurrence rate and will diminish the symptomatology of RAS episodes.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis Drug: daily sublingual tablets Vitamin B12 1000 mcg versus placebo Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : March 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2008

Arm Intervention/treatment
2 Drug: daily sublingual tablets Vitamin B12 1000 mcg versus placebo

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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Over 18 years old.
  • Suffering from RAS as least for one year with a frequency of at least one sore per month

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known systemic diseases concurrent with lesions in the mouth (Behcet's disease, jaundice, Rheumatism, Aides).
  • Does not speak Hebrew, Russian, or English.
  • Patients who have received in the last year Vit. B12 in any form.
  • Patients who receive other treatment for RAS.
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00288769

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Soroka University Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Ilia Volkov, MD Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Publications of Results:
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00288769    
Other Study ID Numbers: SOR415705CTIL
First Posted: February 8, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 23, 2009
Last Verified: January 2008
Keywords provided by Soroka University Medical Center:
Recurrent aphthous stomatitis
vitamin B12
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Stomatitis, Aphthous
Mouth Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases
Vitamin B 12
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Vitamin B Complex