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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 4 (1996), Issue 6, Pages 323-328

Effect of Butoconazole Nitrate 2% Vaginal Cream and Miconazole Nitrate 2% Vaginal Cream Treatments in Patients with Vulvovaginal Candidiasis

1Student Health Service, San Francisco State University, MS 4200, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132-4200, USA
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
3Department of Biostatistics, Syntex Laboratories, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, USA
4Department of Clinical Investigations, Syntex Laboratories, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, USA

Received 18 July 1996; Accepted 14 January 1997

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In a multicenter, randomized, invesgtigator-blind, parallel study, 398 patients were dispensed topical butoconazole nitrate 2% cream for 3 days (n = 199) or miconazole nitrate 2% cream for 7 days (n = 199) for vaginal use. Efficacy analyses included 254 patients with culture-confirmed Candida (119 butoconazole and 135 miconazole users). Of the 398 patients issued study medication, 9 were lost to follow-up. Therefore, safety analyses included 389 patients (197 butoconazole and 192 miconazole users). Evaluations upon admission and approximately 8 and 30 days post-treatment included Candida cultures, potassium hydroxide (KOH) wet mounts, and vulvovaginal examinations, with rating of vulvovaginal signs and symptoms using a 4-point scale. Rates of clinical cure (based on sign/symptom scores), microbiologic cure (based on cultures and wet mounts), and therapeutic cure (both clinical and microbiologic cures) were assessed and were to be similar between the regimens. Therapeutic cure rates were 57.8% and 61.4% for butoconazole and miconazole, respectively. Three-day butoconazole treatment was as safe and effective as 7-day miconazole therapy in treating vulvovaginal candidiasis.