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Vardenafil in Tinnitus

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Bayer Identifier:
First received: April 23, 2008
Last updated: December 8, 2014
Last verified: December 2014

There is incidental evidence (casuistic findings) that the treatment with vardenafil of male patients suffering from erectile dysfunction and comorbid tinnitus experienced an improvement of their tinnitus.

Randomized, parallel-group, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial over 16 weeks (12 weeks of treatment + 4 weeks follow-up) with 10 mg vardenafil BID p.o. in men and women with chronic tinnitus.

Condition Intervention Phase
Tinnitus Drug: Levitra (Vardenafil, BAY38-9456) Drug: Placebo Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of Vardenafil for the Treatment of Subjective Tinnitus: A Controlled Pilot Study

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Further study details as provided by Bayer:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Total score of the Tinnitus [ Time Frame: 4 times in 16 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Audiometric measurements (mode, frequency and loudness of tinnitus, pure tone audiogram, speech audiogram) [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Quality of life (SF 36 Questionnaire) [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Serum human chorionic Gonadotropin (hcG), pregnancy test [ Time Frame: once at screening ]
  • Safety and tolerability [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]

Enrollment: 43
Study Start Date: October 2006
Study Completion Date: May 2007
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Arm 1 Drug: Levitra (Vardenafil, BAY38-9456)
Vardenafil 10 mg BID p.o. for 12 weeks + 4 weeks follow-up
Placebo Comparator: Arm 2 Drug: Placebo
Placebo BID p.o. for 12 weeks + 4 weeks follow-up


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 64 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic subjective cochlear tinnitus
  • No treatment of tinnitus within 4 weeks prior to study entry
  • Duration of tinnitus > 3 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Acute tinnitus
  • Intermittent tinnitus
  • History of M. Menieré
  • History of conductive deafness
  • History of psychogenic deafness
  • History of tumors of the middle ear, inner ear or cerebella-pontine angle (malignant and non malignant)
  • Patients diagnosed of multiple sclerosis
  • History of myocardial infarction, stroke, or life-threatening arrhythmia within the prior 6 months
  • Nitrates or nitric oxide donors
  • Any other concurrent treatment of tinnitus during study
  • pregnant and breast-feeding women
  • women with child-bearing potential not using adequate birth control method (Note: as adequate method of birth control oral contraception, spiral or sexual abstinence is recommended)
  • Other exclusion criteria apply according to the Summary of Product Characteristics
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00666809

Berlin, Berlin / 285, Germany, 10117
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: Bayer Study Director Bayer
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Bayer Identifier: NCT00666809     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 12049
2006-000463-29 ( EudraCT Number )
Study First Received: April 23, 2008
Last Updated: December 8, 2014

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hearing Disorders
Ear Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Sensation Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Vardenafil Dihydrochloride
Vasodilator Agents
Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors
Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
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