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Study to Compare the Effect of a Combination of Cetirizine With Pseudoephedrine Versus Placebo on Symptoms in Patients With Allergic Rhinitis Within/Out of Season

Information source: Fraunhofer-Institute of Toxicology and Experimental Medicine
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Condition(s) targeted: Atopy; Rhinitis

Intervention: cetericine and pseudoephedrine (Drug)

Phase: N/A

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Fraunhofer-Institute of Toxicology and Experimental Medicine

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Norbert Krug, Professor, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Fraunhofer-Institute of Toxicology and Experimental Medicine


A previous study has shown very clearly that the treatment with the combination of cetirizine and pseudoephedrine is superior to the treatment with the single agents regarding the reduction of symptoms in patients with allergic rhinitis. These data, obtained after controlled pollen exposure out of the pollen season, showed highly reproducible individual responses prior to dosing. It is not clear, however, whether the same results can be obtained during the pollen season, when additional natural pollen exposure may influence the variability of the individual reactions.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Crossover Study to Assess the Efficacy's Reproducibility of a Combination of Pseudoephedrine and Cetirizine on Symptom Scores and Rhinomanometry in Patients With Allergic Rhinitis Following Pollen Exposure in the Fraunhofer Environmental Challenge Chamber (ECC) in- and Outside the Grass Pollen Season

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Detailed description: The aim of this study is to evaluate prospectively, if reproducible results can be shown when testing a combination of cetirizine and pseudoephedrine in an Environmental Exposure Unit setting once inside and once outside the grass pollen season. An equivalent outcome would validate the ECC for testing anti-allergic substances during the pollen season in the future. Up to now these studies have been restricted to the pollen-free season.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 55 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Male and female subjects, aged 18-55 years. Women will be considered for inclusion if

they are:

- Not pregnant, as confirmed by pregnancy test (see flow chart) and not nursing.

- Of non-child bearing potential (i. e. physiologically incapable of becoming

pregnant, including any female who is pre-menarchial or post-menopausal, with documented proof of hysterectomy or tubal ligation, or meet clinical criteria for menopause and has been amenorrhoeic for more than 1 year prior to the screening visit).

- Of childbearing potential and using a highly effective method of contraception

during the entire study (vasectomised partner, abstinence - the lifestyle of the

female should be such that there is complete abstinence from intercourse from two weeks prior to the first dose of study medication until at least 72 hours

after treatment - , implants, injectables, combined oral contraceptives, some


- FEV1 > 80% of predicted at screening.

- Absence of any structural nasal abnormalities or nasal polyps on examination, absence

of a history of frequent nose bleeding or recent nasal surgery.

- Absence of conditions or factors, which would make the subject unlikely to be able to

stay in the Fraunhofer ECC for 6 hours.

- Non smokers or smokers with a history of less than 10 pack years.

- History of allergic rhinitis to grass pollen and a positive skin prick test for

Dactylis glomerata pollen at or within 12 months prior to the screening visit.

- Subject must exhibit a moderate response upon 4000 Dactylis glomerata pollen

grains/m3 during 2 hours in the ECC on visit 2

- Subjects with mild stable asthma that is controlled with occasional use of as-needed

short-acting beta-agonists and associated with normal lung function may be included.

- Able and willing to give written informed consent to take part in the study.

- Available to complete all study measurements.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Subjects showing clinical symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis.

- History of a respiratory tract infection and/or exacerbation of asthma within 4 weeks

before the screening.

- Any history of life-threatening asthma, defined as an asthma episode that required

intubation and/or was associated with hypercapnoea, respiratory arrest or hypoxic seizures.

- Administration of oral, injectable or dermal corticosteroids within 8 weeks or

intranasal and/or inhaled corticosteroids 4 weeks prior to the screening visit.

- Past or present disease, which as judged by the investigator, may affect the outcome

of this study. These diseases include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular disease, malignancy, hepatic disease, renal disease, hematological disease, neurological disease, endocrine disease or pulmonary disease (including but not confined to chronic bronchitis, emphysema, tuberculosis, bronchiectasis or cystic fibrosis).

- Known hypersensitivity, allergic reactions or intolerance to cetirizine,

pseudoephedrine or any of the other ingredients.

- Subject receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors or has received these agents in the

last two weeks before dosing.

- Specific Immunotherapy (SIT) within the last two years prior to screening.

- There is a risk of non-compliance with study procedures.

- Participation in another clinical trial 30 days prior to enrolment.

Locations and Contacts

Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine, Hannover 30625, Germany
Additional Information

Starting date: June 2007
Last updated: February 12, 2008

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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