Effect of ketotifen premedication on adverse reactions during peanut oral immunotherapy

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Title: Effect of ketotifen premedication on adverse reactions during peanut oral immunotherapy
Authors: Jagdis, Amanda
Berlin, Noam
Barron, Carly
Giruparajah, Mohana
Leader, Nathan
Maclachlan, Sean
Sussman, Gordon L
Date: 2014-07-09
Abstract: Abstract Background Oral immunotherapy (OIT) has shown promise in inducing desensitization for food allergy. However, there are safety concerns regarding the frequency and severity of adverse events during food OIT. Objective To evaluate the effect of Ketotifen premedication on adverse reactions during peanut OIT. Methods A randomized single blind placebo controlled pilot study was performed. Peanut OIT was performed using a previously published protocol. Ketotifen was up-titrated to 2 mg twice daily over two weeks (week -2 to 0), followed by a peanut OIT initial escalation day (day 1). Ketotifen was administered from week 0–4 of peanut OIT; reactions to peanut OIT doses were recorded by clinic staff and subject diary. Results Six subjects (median age 10 years, peanut IgE >100kUA/L) were enrolled, 4 randomized to Ketotifen, 2 to placebo. The most common side effect of Ketotifen was fatigue (9% during up-titration). The rate of reaction per peanut OIT dose was lower for subjects on ketotifen (K) compared to placebo (P) during initial escalation on day 1 (K: 22% (8/36) vs. P: 67% (12/18)); week 0–4 build-up doses (K: 75% (3/4) vs. P: 100% (2/2)); and week 0–4 home doses (K: 50% (54/108) vs. P: 82% (27/33)). The rate of gastrointestinal symptoms per peanut OIT dose was also lower for subjects on ketotifen during initial escalation on day 1 (K: 17% (6/36) vs. P: 61% (11/18)); week 0–4 build-up doses (K: 75% (3/4) vs P: 100% (2/2)); and week 0–4 home doses (K: 46% (50/108) vs. P: 82% (27/33)). Conclusions Ketotifen premedication is well tolerated and reduces the rate of gastrointestinal symptoms during peanut OIT. These findings require confirmation in a larger study of Ketotifen premedication used throughout peanut OIT. Trial registration Clinical Trials number: NCT0162515
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1710-1492-10-36
http://hdl.handle.net/10393/33949
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