A Comparison of Fluconazole and Ketoconazole in the Treatment of Fungal Infections of the Throat in Patients With Weakened Immune Systems

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00002304
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 31, 2001
Last Update Posted : June 24, 2005
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NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service

Brief Summary:
To compare the safety, tolerance, and effectiveness of fluconazole and ketoconazole in the treatment of candidal esophagitis in immunocompromised patients.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Candidiasis, Esophageal HIV Infections Drug: Ketoconazole Drug: Fluconazole Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Comparative Multicenter Trial of Fluconazole and Ketoconazole in the Treatment of Esophageal Candidiasis in Immunocompromised Patients

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Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 70 Years   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

Prior Medication:


  • Cyclosporin if levels can be monitored for proper cyclosporin dose adjustment.

Exclusion Criteria

Co-existing Condition:

Patients with the following are excluded:

  • Evidence of noncandidal systemic fungal infections.
  • Leukopenia (white blood cell count less than 1000/mm3), or expected to develop leukopenia during the study.
  • Other condition known to be associated with poor ketoconazole absorption, e.g., hypochlorhydria.
  • Leukemia requiring chemotherapy.
  • Any other condition which in the opinion of the investigator would make the patient unsuitable for enrollment.

Concurrent Medication:


  • Warfarin.
  • Immunostimulants.
  • Interferon.
  • Oral or topical antifungal agents.

Concurrent Treatment:


  • Lymphocyte replacement.

Patients with the following are excluded:

  • History of allergy to imidazoles.
  • Abnormalities which may preclude esophagoscopy or endoscopy before or during the study.
  • Inability to tolerate fluconazole or ketoconazole.
  • Inability or unwillingness to give written informed consent.
  • Life expectancy < 2 months.

Prior Medication:


  • Rifampin or ansamycin, pending clarification of drug interactions between these drugs and fluconazole.
  • Warfarin.

Patients must meet the CDC criteria for the diagnosis of AIDS or be otherwise immunocompromised (e.g., malignancy, renal transplant) and have a diagnosis of oral candidiasis and/or esophageal symptoms of dysphagia and/or odynophagia.

Illicit or illegal drug use.

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Publications: Identifier: NCT00002304     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 012B
First Posted: August 31, 2001    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 24, 2005
Last Verified: February 1990

Keywords provided by NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service:
AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections
Immune Tolerance
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Candidiasis, Oral

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Communicable Diseases
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Antifungal Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
14-alpha Demethylase Inhibitors
Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Steroid Synthesis Inhibitors
Hormone Antagonists
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Cytochrome P-450 CYP3A Inhibitors
Cytochrome P-450 CYP2C9 Inhibitors
Cytochrome P-450 CYP2C19 Inhibitors