Successful treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria and angioedema with cimetidine alone

Jafar Farnam, J. Andrew Grant, Brock G. Guernsey, Joseph L. Jorizzo, Emil R. Petrusa

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Abstract

We have studied a 50-year-old white man with chronic urticaria and angioedema who has responded to treatment with cimetidine alone for over 2 yr. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, cimetidine alone was at least as effective as chlorpheniramine in relief of urticaria and angioedema. Additionally, cimetidine significantly inhibited (p < 0.01) the wheal response to histamine when it was compared to placebo. The inhibition of wheal response to histamine by cimetidine was significantly higher (p < 0.05) than chlorpheniramine. The presence of predominantly H2- rather than H1-histamine receptors in the cutaneous blood vessels may be responsible for the therapeutic effects of cimetidine in this patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)842-845
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Volume73
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984

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Angioedema
Cimetidine
Urticaria
Chlorpheniramine
Histamine
Placebos
Therapeutics
Histamine H1 Receptors
Therapeutic Uses
Blood Vessels
Skin

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Successful treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria and angioedema with cimetidine alone. / Farnam, Jafar; Grant, J. Andrew; Guernsey, Brock G.; Jorizzo, Joseph L.; Petrusa, Emil R.

In: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol. 73, No. 6, 1984, p. 842-845.

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Farnam, Jafar ; Grant, J. Andrew ; Guernsey, Brock G. ; Jorizzo, Joseph L. ; Petrusa, Emil R. / Successful treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria and angioedema with cimetidine alone. In: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1984 ; Vol. 73, No. 6. pp. 842-845.
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