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Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2018 Nov 5. doi: 10.4103/ijdvl.IJDVL_907_17. [Epub ahead of print]

A randomized, double-blind trial of amorolfine 0.25% cream and sertaconazole 2% cream in limited dermatophytosis.

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Department of Dermatology, Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital, Berhampore, West Bengal, India.
Department of Pharmacology, Rampurhat Government Medical College, Rampurhat, West Bengal, India.
Department of Dermatology, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Department of Microbiology, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Department of Biochemistry, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Department of Dermatology, Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura, West Bengal, India.



Dermatophytosis is becoming increasingly unresponsive to conventional antifungals. Newer topical antifungals may be more effective in these patients.


To evaluate and compare the efficacy and safety of amorolfine 0.25% cream and sertaconazole 2% cream in limited tinea cruris/corporis.


A single-center, randomized (1:1), double-blind, parallel group, active-controlled trial (CTRI/2014/12/005246) was performed. Sixty-six untreated adults with acutely symptomatic tinea cruris/corporis were included in the study. All patients had limited cutaneous involvement and were KOH mount positive. Group A received amorolfine 0.25% cream, and group B received sertaconazole 2% cream twice daily application to the lesions for 4 weeks. After the baseline visit, four follow-up visits were carried out. The outcome measures for effectiveness were clinical and mycological cure. Safety parameters studied were treatment-emergent adverse events and changes in routine laboratory parameters.


Both sertaconazole and amorolfine significantly reduced symptoms (P < 0.001) in both groups. However, improvement in symptoms (pruritus, burning sensation, erythema, scaling and crusting) was significantly greater in the sertaconazole group at every follow-up visit. Sertaconazole cream was also more effective than amorolfine cream in reducing the number of lesions (P = 0.002 at 12 weeks) and improving the Dermatology Life Quality Index (P < 0.001) at all the follow-up visits. Adverse events were similar in the two groups (P = 0.117). Fungal cultures became negative in 92.3% of the sertaconazole group as compared to 80% in the amorolfine group (P = 0.010).


Antifungal susceptibility testing could not be done.


Sertaconazole 2% is superior to amorolfine 0.25%, both in terms of effectiveness and tolerability. Improvement can be appreciated from second week onwards.


Amorolfine; randomized controlled trial sertaconazole; tinea corporis; tinea cruris

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