Lack of Weight Gain Associated with Short-Term Astemizole Treatment

Mark J. Ellison, Ronnie D. Horner, Frank H. Lawler, James G. Jones

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The effect of treatment with astemizole for three weeks on weight was assessed in 44 patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis who participated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Astemizole 10-mg tablets and identical placebo tablets were used. Compared with baseline, weight increased significantly in astemizole-treated patients (1.07 ± 1.39 kg; p = 0.0004); however, the mean change in weight in astemizole-treated patients was not statistically significantly different than that seen in placebo-treated patients (0.85 ± 1.68 kg). No relationship was found between changes in weight and age, sex, initial weight, percentage of obesity, and plasma astemizole concentrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-684
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Pharmacotherapy
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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  • Pharmacology (medical)


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