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Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic inflammatory disease that can be painful, mainly in the atrophic and erosive forms. Numerous drugs have been used with dissimilar results, but most treatments are empirical and do not have adequate control groups or correct study designs. However, to date, the most commonly employed and useful agents for the treatment of LP are topical corticosteroids. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial has been designed to compare the efficacy and safety of two different formulations of clobetasol, a very potent topical steroid, in the topical management of OLP and to evaluate which gives the longest remission from signs and symptoms. Thirty-five consecutive patients were divided into two groups: the first received clobetasol propionate 0.025% and the second was given clobetasol propionate 0.05%. Both drugs were placed in 4% hydroxyethyl cellulose bioadhesive gel. Anti-mycotic prophylaxis was also added. After the end of therapy, patients received a 2-month follow-up. In all, 14 of the 15 clobetasol 0.025% patients (93%) and 13 of the 15 clobetasol 0.05% patients (87%), had symptoms improvement after 2 months of therapy (P = 0.001 in both groups). Also, 13 of the 15 clobetasol 0.025% patients (87%) and 11 of the 15 clobetasol 0.05% patients (73%) had clinical improvement after 2 months of therapy (P
Author(s): Carbone M, Arduino PG, Carrozzo M, Caiazzo G, Broccoletti R, Conrotto D, Bezzo C, Gandolfo S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
ISSN (print): 0904-2512
ISSN (electronic): 1600-0714
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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