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Trental (Pentoxifylline) - Summary



TRENTAL® (pentoxifylline) tablets for oral administration contain 400 mg of the active drug in a controlled-release formulation.

TRENTAL is indicated for the treatment of patients with intermittent claudication on the basis of chronic occlusive arterial disease of the limbs. TRENTAL can improve function and symptoms but is not intended to replace more definitive therapy, such as surgical bypass, or removal of arterial obstructions when treating peripheral vascular disease.

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Published Studies Related to Trental (Pentoxifylline)

Pentoxifylline decreases serum level of adhesion molecules in atherosclerosis patients. [2014]
with coronary artery disease (CAD)... CONCLUSION: Based on the results of our pilot study, administration of PTX in CAD

Pentoxifylline for intermittent claudication. [2012]
CONCLUSIONS: Given the generally poor quality of the published studies

Pentoxifylline improves nonalcoholic steatohepatitis: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. [2011.11]
CONCLUSION: PTX improved histological features of NASH compared to placebo. PTX was well tolerated in patients with NASH. Copyright (c) 2011 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

Pentoxifylline decreases serum levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin 6 and C-reactive protein in hemodialysis patients: results of a randomized double-blind, controlled clinical trial. [2011.10.03]
CONCLUSIONS: Pentoxifylline significantly decreased serum concentrations of TNF-alpha, IL-6 and CRP compared to placebo. Pentoxifylline could be a promising and useful strategy to reduce the systemic inflammation frequently observed in patients on HD.

Pentoxifylline (anti-tumor necrosis factor drug): effective adjuvant therapy in the control of ocular cicatricial pemphigoid. [2011.09]
PURPOSE: The detection of tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a) in conjunctiva affected by ocular cicatricial pemphigoid (OCP) may indicate that this cytokine plays an important role in its pathogenesis. The purpose of this randomized, controlled, comparative, blinded study was to evaluate the effectiveness of adding pentoxifylline as an anti-TNF-a drug to the well-documented therapy of steroids and cyclophosphamide in controlling OCP... CONCLUSIONS: The significantly increased level of serum TNF-a in OCP as compared to controls proves that TNF-a has an important role in the pathogenesis of this disease. The study illustrates that the addition of pentoxifylline to pulse steroid cyclophosphamide therapy is an effective, safe, and economical method in controlling OCP through directly reducing TNF-a levels, with long periods of remission as detected in our 18-month follow-up period.

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Clinical Trials Related to Trental (Pentoxifylline)

Pentoxifylline/Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) Study: The Effect of Pentoxifylline on NASH [Recruiting]

Prevention of Capsular Contracture Using Trental and Vitamin E [Recruiting]
The main purpose of this research study is to determine if the use of Trental and Vitamin E compared to Placebo (an inactive substance) will decrease the incidence and severity of contractures (shrinking and or hardening of tissue surrounding the implant) associated with breast implant reconstruction following radiation treatment. Another goal is to find out the impact that Trental and Vitamin E compared to Placebo may have on implant loss or need for surgical intervention in the setting of chest wall radiation after reconstruction. In addition, the investigators want to evaluate the patient's sense of well being and quality of life.

Pentoxifylline (Trental) as a Modulator of Tumor Necrosis Factor and of HIV Replication in Patients With AIDS [Completed]
To determine whether pentoxifylline lowers tumor necrosis factor (TNF) levels in AIDS patients. Pentoxifylline decreases tumor necrosis factor (TNF), and therefore should decrease such TNF-intensified events as cachexia, enhanced HIV expression, and inhibition of zidovudine (AZT) activity.

Efficacy of Combined Pentoxifylline and Conventional Immunosuppressive Regimens on Rapidly Progressive Glomerulonephritis [Recruiting]
We have recently demonstrated that pentoxifylline (PTX) has the potential to treat severe glomerular inflammation in a rat model of accelerated anti-glomerular basement membrane glomerulonephritis. This study aims to investigate the therapeutic effects of combined pentoxifylline and conventional immunosuppressive regimens on patients with rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis.

Clinical Trial of Pentoxifylline in Patient With Cirrhosis [Completed]
In patients with cirrhosis and liver failure, pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF alpha) might be responsible of severe complications and death. Thus, the prevention of cytokine production should prevent complications and mortality.

The aim of this study is to study the 2 months survival rate in patients with severe

cirrhosis (Child-Pugh C) with pentoxifylline - an inhibitor of cytokine production. The 6

month mortality, the proportion of transplanted patients, the occurrence of complications (bacterial infection, renal failure, hepatic encephalopathy and gastrointestinal bleeding),

plasma cytokine levels and fibrotest - a marker of fibrosis - will be also studied. This is a

multicenter double blind randomized trial with a placebo.

All adult patients with severe cirrhosis might be randomized after written consent. Patients with severe carcinoma, intolerance or contraindication to pentoxifylline will not be included. Patients receive either pentoxifylline or placebo 3 times a day for 6 months. Three hundred and forty two patients are necessary to decrease mortality rate by 50% at 2 months in a beta risk of 10% and an alpha risk of 5%. Patients will be seen every month.

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Reports of Suspected Trental (Pentoxifylline) Side Effects

Hypotension (8)Bradyphrenia (8)Hyponatraemia (7)Asthenia (7)Pain (4)Dizziness (4)Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion (3)Gingivitis (2)Pruritus (2)Headache (2)more >>


Based on a total of 2 ratings/reviews, Trental has an overall score of 7.50. The effectiveness score is 8 and the side effect score is 8. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst.

Trental review by 46 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   HIV
Dosage & duration:   400 mg taken tid for the period of 1 month
Other conditions:   fibromyalgia
Other drugs taken:   norco and soma
Reported Results
Benefits:   The Trental reduced my viral load, increased my sex drive from none to moderate and the side effects were just some stomach upset, which was fixed by reducing my dose to twice a day.
Side effects:   Mild nausea and mild dizziness that were dose related.
Comments:   I wanted to see if the Trental would reduce my viral load and it did.


Trental review by 21 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Behcet's Disease
Dosage & duration:   400mg taken three times daily for the period of 1 year
Other conditions:   osteoperosis
Other drugs taken:   protium, risedronate, movox, colchicine
Reported Results
Benefits:   Reduced stickiness of the blood.If inflammation of blood vessels did occur, the blood was thinner and so could get through vessels with reduced occurence of ulceration. General overall improval of condition.
Side effects:   Minimal side effects, some nausea- very minimal.
Comments:   Inconvient to remember to take as they are required three or four times daily. Overall very pleased with results.

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