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Trough Bronchoprotection Conferred by Levosalbutamol and Racemic Salbutamol

Information source: University of Dundee
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Asthma

Intervention: levosalbutamol (Drug); racemic salbutamol (Drug); placebo (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: University of Dundee

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Karine L Clearie, MBBS, MRCP, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Asthma and Allergy Research Group
Brian J Lipworth, MBchB, Study Director, Affiliation: Asthma and Allergy Research Group


The objective of this study is to compare the relative bronchoprotection (at trough) conferred by 2-week chronic dosing with levosalbutamol and racemic salbutamol in mild to moderate asthmatics. Patients will be preselected into two groups on the basis of their beta-2 adrenoreceptor polymorphisms. The investigators will evaluate if this has a differential effect on the bronchoprotection conferred by both formulations of salbutamol, as evidenced by a rebound in airway hyper-responsiveness, in order to determine whether any effect can be explained by the S enantiomer in the racemic formulation.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Proof of Concept Study to Evaluate the Trough Bronchoprotection Conferred by Chronic Dosing With Levosalbutamol and Racemic Salbutamol in Persistent Asthmatics

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: methacholine challenge

Secondary outcome:


nitric oxide levels

symptom scores

Bmax and Emax


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 65 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Mild to moderate stable asthmatics on ≤ 2000μg BDP or equivalent, who are methacholine responsive PC20< 4 mg/ml 2. >1dd change in methacholine PC20 after the administration of racemic Salbutamol. 3. Male or female 18-65 4. Informed Consent 5. Ability to comply with the requirements of the protocol Exclusion Criteria: 1. Severe asthmatics as defined by an FEV1≤ 60% or PEF variability > 30% or with continual daytime or nocturnal symptoms. 2. The use of oral corticosteroids within the last 3 months. 3. Recent respiratory tract infection (2 months). 4. Significant concomitant respiratory disease such as COPD, CF, ABPA, bronchiectasis and active pulmonary tuberculosis. 5. Any other clinically significant medical condition such as unstable angina, acute myocardial infarction in the preceding 3 months, recent TIA/ CVA, that may endanger the health or safety of the participant, or jeopardise the protocol. 6. Any significant abnormal laboratory result as deemed by the investigators 7. Pregnancy, planned pregnancy or lactation 8. Known or suspected contra-indication to any of the IMP's 9. Concomitant use of medicines (prescribed, over the counter or herbal) that may interfere with the trial.

Locations and Contacts

Asthma and Allergy Research Group, Dundee, Angus DD1 9SY, United Kingdom
Additional Information

Starting date: January 2009
Last updated: June 11, 2012

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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