Early interventional treatment with intranasal mometasone furoate in Japanese cedar/cypress pollinosis: A randomized placebo-controlled trial

Seiichiro Makihara, Mitsuhiro Okano, Tazuko Fujiwara, Masayo Kimura, Takaya Higaki, Takenori Haruna, Yohei Noda, Kengo Kanai, Shin Kariya, Kazunori Nishizaki

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Background: Little is known about the safety and effectiveness of early interventional treatment (EIT) with intranasal corticosteroids for seasonal allergic rhinitis. We designed a double-blinded, randomized, placebocontrolled 12-week trial of EIT with mometasone furoate nasal spray (MFNS) for Japanese cedar/cypress pollinosis (JCCP). Methods: A total of 50 JCCP patients received MFNS (200 μg once daily: n = 25) or placebo (n = 25) starting on February 1, 2010. Treatments continued until the end of April. The primary endpoint was the comparison of the total nasal symptom score (TNSS) between the MFNS and placebo groups. The secondary endpoints included comparisons of QOL, daytime sleepiness, nasal ECP levels, and safety. Results: Continuous dispersion of Japanese cedar pollen began on February 22. Although the placebo group showed a significant worsening of symptoms after the start of the continuous dispersion, no worsening occurred in the MFNS group. A significant difference in the TNSS between the two groups was seen starting at 4 weeks after the treatment. Similar results were seen for QOL and sleepiness. Nasal ECP levels in March were significantly lower in the MFNS group. A total of 56% of the MFNS group progressed to a persistent allergic rhinitis state in accordance with the ARIA classification, as opposed to 84% of the placebo group. MFNS was well tolerated, and the plasma cortisol concentrations were similar between the two groups. Conclusions: EIT with MFNS for JCCP is both safe and effective. This treatment can potentially lessen symptoms and help pollinosis patients remain in the intermittent state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-304
Number of pages10
JournalAllergology International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012



  • Early interventional treatment
  • ECP
  • Intranasal corticosteroids
  • Japanese cedar/cypress pollinosis
  • Total nasal symptom score

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy

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