Long-term efficacy of bepridil in patients with chronic stable angina pectoris: Results of a multicenter, placebo-controlled study of extended bepridil use

Robert DiBianco, Richard J. Katz, Elliot Chesler, Joseph S Alpert, James F. Spann

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Abstract

To evaluate whether bepridil once a day provides effective antianginal therapy during extended use, a placebo-controlled withdrawal study was conducted in 33 patients with chronic stable angina. Each patient studied had previously had a favorable response to short-term administration of bepridil and had been taking the drug once daily for ≥9 months of continuous use. Patients were then randomly assigned to receive either continued bepridil or a placebo substitution once daily during a 4-week, double-blind, parallel-group comparison. Dosage for the bepridil group was constantly maintained for each patient at a level observed to be clinically effective. The study consisted of a comparison of angina frequency and nitroglycerin tablet consumption obtained from patient diaries and results from maximal-graded multistage treadmill tests. Patients randomized to continue receiving bepridil remained stable in terms of angina frequency and exercise performance. Discontinuation of long-term bepridil significantly increased angina frequency and nitroglycerin tablet consumption and reduced exercise capacity. Four patients (24%), all receiving placebo treatment, had increases in angina frequency and had the study terminated. Bepridil was reinstituted in these patients with resolution of symptoms and no untoward effects. The results of this placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized study confirm that bepridil continues to provide antianginal benefit during long-term administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalThe American journal of cardiology
Volume55
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Bepridil
Stable Angina
Placebos
Nitroglycerin
Tablets
Exercise
Exercise Test
Double-Blind Method

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Long-term efficacy of bepridil in patients with chronic stable angina pectoris : Results of a multicenter, placebo-controlled study of extended bepridil use. / DiBianco, Robert; Katz, Richard J.; Chesler, Elliot; Alpert, Joseph S; Spann, James F.

In: The American journal of cardiology, Vol. 55, No. 7, 15.03.1985.

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