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June 1983

Failure of Oral Inosiplex Treatment of Recurrent Herpes Simplex Virus Infections

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Drs Kalimo and Havu) and Virology (Ms Joronen), University of Turku, Finland.

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(6):463-467. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650300017008

• A compound, a mixture of acedoben, dimepranol, and inosine (inosiplex) was used to treat recurrent local herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections in a double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study. Altogether, 58 patients with a history of frequently recurrent HSV infections were examined. Eighteen selected patients participated in the drug trial. Ten patients received both inosiplex and placebo, three received only inosiplex, and five received only the placebo. Three patients received both placebo and inosiplex twice. No substantial differences between the treatments with inosiplex or placebo could be seen in the frequency of occurrence or healing of the local lesions, nor in the results of these patients' immunologic studies. An evident placebo effect was observed, since only 15 (26%) of the 58 subjects examined continued to have an often relapsing form of the disease when followed up regularly.

(Arch Dermatol 1983;119:463-467)

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