Treatment of long-distance intermittent claudication with pentoxifylline: a 12-month, randomized trial.Angiology. 2002 Jan-Feb; 53 Suppl 1:S13-7.A
The efficacy, safety, and cost of pentoxifylline (PXF) in long-range (>400 m interval) intermittent claudication was studied comparing PXF and placebo in a 12-month study. A standardized treadmill test was performed at inclusion and at 6 and 12 months. A training plan based on walking was associated with the control of risk factor levels. Of the 194 included patients, 135 completed the study: 75 in the PXF group and 60 in the placebo group. There were 59 dropouts (due to low compliance). The authors observed a 148% increase in total walking distance (TWD) at 6 months with PXF (vs 110% with placebo; p<0.05); at 12 months, the increase was 170% with PXF (vs 131% with placebo; p<0.02). There was a 38% difference at 6 months and 39% at 12 months in favor of PXF. Treatment was well tolerated. In conclusion, PXF improved walking distance significantly better than placebo.