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Gut. 2016 Jan;65(1):91-9. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2015-309122. Epub 2015 Mar 12.

A mechanistic multicentre, parallel group, randomised placebo-controlled trial of mesalazine for the treatment of IBS with diarrhoea (IBS-D).

Author information

1
NIHR Nottingham Digestive Diseases Biomedical Research Unit, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
2
Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
3
Neurogastroenterology Unit, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK.
4
Immunopharmacology Group, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK.
5
FRAME laboratory, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
6
Department of Histopathology, Nottingham University Hospital Trusts, Nottingham, UK.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Immune activation has been reported in the mucosa of IBS patients with diarrhoea (IBS-D), and some small studies have suggested that mesalazine may reduce symptoms. We performed a double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled trial of 2 g mesalazine twice daily versus placebo for 3 months in patients with Rome III criteria IBS-D. Primary outcome was daily average stool frequency during weeks 11-12; secondary outcomes were abdominal pain, stool consistency, urgency and satisfactory relief of IBS symptoms.

METHODS:

Participants were randomised after a 2-week baseline stool diary. All participants completed a 12-week stool diary and at the end of each week recorded the presence of 'satisfactory relief of IBS symptoms'.

RESULTS:

136 patients with IBS-D (82 women, 54 men) were randomised, 10 patients withdrew from each group. Analysis by intention to treat showed the daily average stool frequency during weeks 11 and 12 were mean (SD), 2.8 (1.2) in mesalazine and 2.7 (1.9) in the placebo group with no significant group difference, (95% CI) 0.1 (-0.33 to 0.53), p=0.66. Mesalazine did not improve abdominal pain, stool consistency nor percentage with satisfactory relief compared with placebo during the last two-weeks follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study does not support any clinically meaningful benefit or harm of mesalazine compared with placebo in unselected patients with IBS-D. More precise subtyping based on underlying disease mechanisms is needed to allow more effective targeting of treatment in IBS.

TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER:

NCT01316718.

KEYWORDS:

5-AMINOSALICYLIC ACID (5-ASA); DIARRHOEA; IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

PMID:
25765462
PMCID:
PMC4717357
DOI:
10.1136/gutjnl-2015-309122
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