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J Med. 1995;26(5-6):193-207.

A phase II controlled study of a combination of the immune modulator, lentinan, with didanosine (ddI) in HIV patients with CD4 cells of 200-500/mm3.

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AJI Pharma USA, Inc., Teaneck NJ 07666, USA.


This study was carried out to assess the safety and efficacy of a combination of lentinan, an immune modulator, and didanosine (ddI) in a controlled study in HIV positive patients with CD4 levels of 200-500 cells/mm3. Didanosine was administered to HIV patients at doses of 400 mg/day (po) for six weeks (bid), then 2 mg of lentinan i.v. was added per week for 24-80 weeks. A control group (20%) received ddI only. A total of 107 patients were enrolled at three sites, and 88 patients started the ddI/lentinan phase. The combination caused significant increases in CD4 levels up to 38 weeks, whereas ddI alone was significant at the 5% level at 14 weeks. Based on these data, lentinan qualifies as a participant in future multi-drug studies in HIV.

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