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Interim results of a randomized, controlled, dose-finding study conducted in 24 dermatology centers on 217 patients with severe chronic plaque psoriasis (entry psoriasis area and severity index of at least 15) are presented. Patients were first treated with cyclosporine either 1.25 or 2.5 mg/kg/day (Sandimmune); in case of inadequate response the dosage was(More)
A prospective, double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial compared the efficacy and safety of fixed combinations of low-molecular weight heparin or standard unfractionated heparin plus dihydroergotamine mesylate in the prevention of deep vein thrombosis in high-risk patients undergoing elective major abdominal surgery. Two hundred patients, with a(More)
BACKGROUND Although cyclosporine has been found to be effective therapy for severe psoriasis, only limited data exist about efficacy and safety during long-term treatment with a low-dose regimen. Furthermore, little is known about the course of psoriasis after drug withdrawal. OBJECTIVE Our purpose was to assess the results of long-term therapy with(More)
In a prospective, double-blind investigation of the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in patients undergoing elective major abdominal surgery, 269 patients were randomized into two groups. One hundred and thirty-two patients received a fixed combination of heparin sodium 5000 units plus dihydroergotamine mesylate 0.5 mg (H/DHE) twice a day and 137(More)
OBJECTIVE The serotonin system presumably is involved in the pathogenesis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Results from a few studies led to the hypothesis of a "postsynaptic hyperresponsiveness" in CFS. Therefore we intended to evaluate the efficacy of 5-HT3 receptor antagonists in the treatment of CFS. PATIENTS AND METHODS 2 patient groups (10(More)
The primary objective of the present study was to investigate the cholesterol-lowering effect of fluvastatin on the incidence of cardiac events in hyperlipidaemic patients with symptomatic, clinically-diagnosed (exercise-ECG) coronary heart disease (CHD) during 1 year of treatment. Exercise tolerance, incidence of angina pectoris episodes, use of(More)
By inducing minimal free-fibrinolytic activity with low dose urokinase, the lag phase of prourokinase can be overcome, and the rate of thrombolysis with this substance can be strongly enhanced. The thrombolytic potency of a combination of 250,000 IU of urokinase and 2 doses of prourokinase (4.5 or 6.5 megaunits) was evaluated in an open-label, nonrandomized(More)
The effect of either heparin-dihydergot or heparin-acenocoumarin on the incidence of deep-vein thrombosis in the legs was studied in 181 women undergoing Ender nailing for intertrochanteric fracture of the femur. All the patients were screened with the 125-I-fibrinogen uptake test, confirmed by a bilateral ascending venogram. Deep-vein thrombosis developed(More)
We investigated the efficacy and tolerability of short-term treatment with tropisetron, a selective, competitive 5-HT3-receptor antagonist in fibromyalgia. The trial was designed as a prospective, multicenter, double-blind, parallel-group, dose-finding study. We randomly assigned 418 patients suffering from primary fibromyalgia to receive either placebo, 5(More)
The aim of this multicenter randomized prospective study in patients with early Parkinson's disease is to differentiate over a 4-year period between levodopa/benserazide monotherapy and the corresponding combination with bromocriptine by the assessment of motorial side effects, therapeutical benefit and fine motorial skills. Although there is circumstantial(More)