| SHORT COMMUNICATION
|Year : 2013 | Volume
| Issue : 6 | Page : 622-624
A comparative study to evaluate efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness between Whitfield's ointment + oral fluconazole versus topical 1% butenafine in tinea infections of skin
Saket J Thaker1, Dimple S Mehta1, Hiral A Shah2, Jayendra N Dave2, Kunjan M Kikani3
1 Department of Pharmacology, C.U. Shah Medical College, Surendranagar, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Dermatology Venereology and Leprology, C.U. Shah Medical College, Surendranagar, Gujarat, India
3 Department of Microbiology, C.U. Shah Medical College, Surendranagar, Gujarat, India
Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study is to compare the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of topical Whitfield's ointment plus oral fluconazole with topical 1% butenafine in tinea infections of the skin.
Materials and Methods: Patients were randomly allocated to the two treatment groups and advised to apply either agent topically twice-a-day for 4 weeks on the lesions and fluconazole (150 mg) was administered once a week for 4 weeks in the study group applying Whitfield's ointment. Patients were followed-up at an interval of 10 days for clinical score and global evaluation response was assessed at baseline and during each follow-up.
Results: Out of 120 patients enrolled in the study 103 completed the study. Patients treated with Whitfield's ointment and oral fluconazole reduced mean sign and symptom score from 8.81 ± 0.82 to 0.18 ± 0.59 while butenafine treated patients reduced it from 8.88 ± 0.53 to 0.31 ± 0.67 at the end of the treatment. Nearly, 98% patients were completely cleared of the lesion on the 3 rd follow-up with both treatments.
Conclusion: Whitfield's ointment with oral fluconazole is as efficacious, safe and cost-effective as compared with 1% butenafine in tinea infections of the skin.
Saket J Thaker
Department of Pharmacology, C.U. Shah Medical College, Surendranagar, Gujarat
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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