Long-term cetirizine treatment reduces allergic symptoms and drug prescriptions in children with mite allergy

G. Ciprandi, M. Tosca, G. Passalacqua, G. W. Canonica

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Background: Experimental data demonstrate that mite allergy is characterized by persistent chronic inflammation, even during asymptomatic periods. This suggests that long-term continuous treatment be included in the global strategy of allergy treatment. Objective: We conducted a study to evaluate whether regularly administered cetirizine reduces allergic symptoms and drug prescriptions in children with mite allergy. Methods: In this double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, two parallel groups of 10 children with mite allergy (mean age: 6.5 years) received either cetirizine or placebo daily for 6 months. Participants were allowed to take rescue medications for rhinitis and/or mild asthma. The symptoms (nasal itching, sneezing, obstruction, rhinorrhea, conjunctival itching, lacrimation, conjunctival hyperemia, cough, wheezing, and chest tightness) were recorded on a diary card. The intake of cetirizine (as additional symptomatic treatment), antibiotics, acetaminophen, β2-agonists, inhaled and systemic corticosteroids was also recorded. Results: Symptom scores and drug consumption were significantly lower (P 〈 0.05) in the cetrizine-treated group versus the placebo group. The greatest reductions were in cetirizine itself, inhaled corticosteroids, β2-agonists, and antibiotics. No side effects were reported in either group. Conclusions: In mite-allergic children, cetirizine administered daily for prolonged periods decreases symptoms of and drug prescriptions for allergic rhinitis and asthma compared with symptomatic treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-226
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy

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