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J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 1996 Jun;27(6):788-93.

A dose-effect study of beraprost sodium in intermittent claudication.

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  • 1Service de Pharmacologie Clinique, Hôpital Cardiologique de Lyon, France.


We compared the efficacy and safety of three doses of beraprost sodium, an epoprostenol analogue, with placebo in the treatment of intermittent claudication (Fontaine's stage II). One hundred sixty-four patients were randomized to receive either placebo, 20 micrograms beraprost sodium (BPS60 group), 40 micrograms beraprost sodium (BPS120 group), or 60 micrograms beraprost sodium (BPS180 group) three times daily administered orally in a double-blind manner for 12 weeks. Treadmill exercise tests were performed twice during an initial selection phase (D-28 and D0) at week 10 (at trough beraprost concentration) and week 12 (at peak beraprost concentration) of the treatment phase. At week 10, all groups showed an increase in pain-free walking distance, and this distance was greatest in the BPS60 and BPS120 groups (p = 0.055). At week 12, a similar pattern was observed, and the difference was significant between the groups (p = 0.023). The most frequent adverse events reported were gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, skin disorders, and flushes. Patients who received either 60 or 120 micrograms of beraprost sodium daily had an increased pain-free walking distance. Further studies are required to investigate why the highest dose used (180 micrograms daily) showed lower efficacy. Having both vasodilating and antiplatelet properties and being able to increase pain-free walking distance in the short term, beraprost sodium is a promising drug for the treatment of intermittent claudication.

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