Efficacy of IMOD in the treatment of oral lichen planus—Efficacy of IMOD in oral lichen planus


Objectives: Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic, immunologically mediated, mucocutaneous disorder. A wide range of topical and systemic therapies have been used in the treatment of OLP. The efficacy of IMOD (an Iranian new immunomodulator drug, con- taining selenium, carotene, and flavonoids) in the management of oral lichen planus was evaluated. Study design: In a before-after clinical trial study, thirty patients (21 women and 9 men; age range 35 - 66 years with 112 lesions) with lichen planus were enrolled. The study covered a three-month period of therapy by IMOD (400 mg/day) and a three-month follow-up period after drug cessation. Outcome mea- sures include soreness relief based on the “nu-meric scale”, and clinical improvement of lesion size and score. Saliva levels of TNF-α was analysed at the baseline and after treatment by ELISA. Statistical analysis of Wilcoxon and paired student’s t-test were used. Results: Approximately 85% of patients showed partial to complete improvement and re-mained sym- ptom free after drug cessation. There was no signifi-cant difference in mean saliva TNF-α level before and after the treatment. Conclusion: These results suggest that IMOD seems to be an effective alternative treat- ment for OLP and TNF-α may not be a good indica- tor for monitoring therapeutic response of OLP.

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Agha-Hosseini, F. , Mirzaii-Dizgah, I. , Abdollahi, M. and Akbari-Gillani, N. (2011) Efficacy of IMOD in the treatment of oral lichen planus—Efficacy of IMOD in oral lichen planus. Open Journal of Stomatology, 1, 13-17. doi: 10.4236/ojst.2011.12003.

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