Clinical effects of “pioglitazone”, an insulin sensitizing drug, on psoriasis vulgaris and its co-morbidities, a double blinded randomized controlled trialx1

Citation:
Hafez VG, Bosseila M, Abdel Halim MR, Shaker OG, Kamal M, Kareem HS. Clinical effects of “pioglitazone”, an insulin sensitizing drug, on psoriasis vulgaris and its co-morbidities, a double blinded randomized controlled trialx1. Journal of Dermatological Treatment. 2014:1-7.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVES:
To evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of pioglitazone on psoriasis vulgaris and its comorbidities.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
Forty-eight patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis vulgaris were enrolled in this randomized double blinded placebo-controlled trial. Active treatment included: oral pioglitazone 30 mg daily for 10 weeks. Primary outcome (treatment success) was PASI-75. Secondary outcomes included changes in metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and cardiovascular risk.
RESULTS:
Treatment success was achieved in 5/24 (21%) in the pioglitazone group compared to 1/24 (4%) in the placebo group; however, this difference was not significant (p = 0.081). Compared to placebo, no significant difference existed as regards high-sensitive C reactive protein. Metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance were not affected.
CONCLUSIONS:
This short term (10 weeks duration) study revealed no effect of pioglitazone 30 mg daily neither on the clinical response of moderate-to-severe psoriasis nor on metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. Cardio-protective role appears to be more related to improvement of psoriasis.
LIMITATION:
Short duration of treatment and small number of subgroups.

Notes:

n/a

Related External Link

Tourism