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Dig Liver Dis. 2007 Apr;39(4):329-37. Epub 2007 Mar 7.

Beclomethasone dipropionate versus mesalazine in distal ulcerative colitis: a multicenter, randomized, double-blind study.

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  • 1Gastrointestinal Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy.



Topical beclomethasone diproprionate has shown efficacy in ulcerative colitis.


To assess, in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind study, the tolerability and safety of topical beclomethasone diproprionate (3mg) enema and foam versus mesalazine (2g) enema and foam in mild-moderate distal ulcerative colitis.


In 15 referral gastrointestinal units, 99 patients with distal ulcerative colitis were enrolled. This number was lower than planned according to the statistical analysis, due to a low recruitment rate.


Patients were randomly assigned to random preparations (beclomethasone diproprionate enema, beclomethasone diproprionate foam, mesalazine enema, mesalazine foam) once nightly for 8 weeks, with clinical and endoscopical assessment (Disease Activity Index score) at baseline (T0), 4 (T4) and 8 weeks (T8). Results were expressed as median and range (95% confidence interval). The efficacy was assessed by comparing the Disease Activity Index value at T4 and T8 by using the Student's t-test or the Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test.


Efficacy was comparable in the beclomethasone diproprionate or mesalazine groups at both T4 and T8 (response at T4: beclomethasone diproprionate 78% [95% confidence interval 0.6-0.8] versus mesalazine 79% [95% confidence interval 0.6-0.8]; T8: beclomethasone diproprionate 84% [95% confidence interval 0.7-0.9] versus mesalazine 90% [95% confidence interval 0.7-1.0]; p=n.s.; remission at T4: beclomethasone diproprionate 24% [95% confidence interval 0.1-0.3] versus mesalazine 28% [95% confidence interval 0.1-0.3]; remission at T8: beclomethasone diproprionate 36% [95% confidence interval 0.2-0.5] versus mesalazine 52% [95% confidence interval 0.3-0.6]; p=n.s.). The Disease Activity Index lowered at T4 and T8 versus T0 in the four groups (T4 versus T0: beclomethasone diproprionate foam Disease Activity Index 2 versus 6 p<0.0001; beclomethasone diproprionate enema 4 versus 6, mesalazine enema 3 versus 6, mesalazine foam 3.5 versus 7, p<0.001 for all three groups; T8 versus T0: p<0.01). The Disease Activity Index lowered at T8 versus T4 in the beclomethasone diproprionate enema and foam (Disease Activity Index: 2 versus 4 and 1 versus 4, respectively; p<0.05) and in the mesalazine enema (Disease Activity Index: 1.5, range 0-4 versus 3, range 0-12; p<0.01), but not in the mesalazine foam group (Disease Activity Index: 1, range 0-9 versus 3.5, range 0-8; p=n.s.). The safety profile was favourable for all groups.


Beclomethasone diproprionate and mesalazine enema and foam show a comparable tolerability and efficacy in mild active distal ulcerative colitis.

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