Objective. To investigate the efficacy of oral type II collagen (CII) in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), when added to existing therapy. Methods. Patients with active RA (n = 190) were randomized into a 6-month, double-blind, placebocontrolled trial. Patients continued to take their current arthritis medications. Patients received either placebo or bovine CII, 0.1 mg/day for 1 month, then 0.5 mg/day for 5 months. Results. There were no significant differences between the baseline characteristics of either group. The primary response parameter was the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) preliminary definition of improvement in RA (ACR 20). There was no statistically significant difference in the ACR 20 after 6 months (20.0% of placebo patients; 16.84% of bovine CII patients). There were significant differences in several clinical variables after treatment, all favoring the placebo group. Conclusion. Oral solubilized bovine CII, added to existing therapy, did not improve disease activity in patients with RA.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Arthritis and Rheumatism|
|State||Published - Jun 1 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy
- Pharmacology (medical)