Revista Colombiana de Reumatología
Print version ISSN 0121-8123
JALLER, Juan José et al. Multicentre study to evaluate the effectiveness and security of sodium alendronate in a soft gelatin capsules in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Rev.Colomb.Reumatol. [online]. 2006, vol.13, n.3, pp. 206-213. ISSN 0121-8123.
Objectives: the purpose of this study was to evaluate the response to treatment and safety of Sodium Alendronate in a soft gelatin capsules presentation (Neobon 70 ®), in a postmenopausal women with osteoporosis or osteopenia. Methods: open multicenter clinical trial during one year was conducted in postmenopausal women. The patients were assigned to receive 70 mg of Sodic Alendronate in a soft gelatin capsule presentation, once time per week. The primaries endpoints were the bone density mineral measured by DEXA and the C-telopeptide serum level. The bone condition was evaluated by basal bone densitometry, 6 and 12 months. The bone resortion was evaluated by basal C-telopeptide serum levels, to 3, 6 and 12 months. The secondary endpoint was the presentation of secondary adverse events. Results: the study included 146 patients recruited in 10 rheumatologic clinical centers in Colombia, with diagnosis of osteopenia or osteporosis. Mean aged was 67±8 years (range 45.7 to 92.8 years) and the mean duration of menopausal time was 16±7.8 years. Thirty patients (20.54%) had a history of previous fracture bone. At month 12, a statistically significant reduction from base line in mean of C-telopeptide serum level was observed (basal 0.53, 3 month 0.22, 6 month 0.17 and 12 month 0.17, p < 0.00001). In addition, there was a clinical and statistically significant improvement in the T-score with the treatment in lumbar vertebrae L2-L4 (basal -2.57, 6 month -2.27 and 12 month -2.29), femur (basal -2.37, 6 month -1.98 and 12 month -1.99), trochanter (basal -1.95, 6 month -1.55 and 12 month -1.41), and in hip (basal -1.73, 6 month -1.6 and 12 month -1.57). Also it was observed an improvement in the parameters of bone density of 2.3% at lumbar vertebral level and of 2.59% in hip. No significant changes were observed in a left neck femur and trochanter. These increases are similar to observed with other presentations of alendronates and biphosphonates. Among this population, only the 8.2% had dyspeptic symptoms, 3.4% vertigo, 2.7% cephalea and 1.4% constipation. Conclusion: these findings showed that the presentation of sodium Alendronate in soft gelatin capsules produced a greater improvement in bone markers and densitometry scores in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and osteopenia and is a safety pharmacological presentation in young and older patients.
Keywords : postmenopausal osteoporosis; sodium alendronate; bone mineral density; bone turnover markers.