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Free Content Efficacy and tolerability of the dorzolamide 2%/timolol 0.5% combination (COSOPT™) versus latanoprost 0.005% (XALATAN™) in the treatment of ocular hypertension or glaucoma: results from two randomized clinical trials

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Purpose: To compare the efficacy of the fixed dorzolamide 2%/timolol 0.5% combination (COSOPT™) versus latanoprost 0.005% (XALATAN™).

Methods: Two 3-month, parallel group, randomized, observer-masked and patient-masked, multicentre, clinical trials were performed in patients with ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma. Study 1 (n = 256) was conducted in the United States and Study 2 (n = 288) was conducted in Europe/Israel. Patients could be included whether or not they were currently taking ocular hypotensive therapy, and regardless of the effectiveness of any previous therapy. Patients were washed out from their usual ocular hypotensive medications and then those with a baseline intraocular pressure (IOP) ≥ 24 mmHg were randomized to either the dorzolamide/timolol combination eye drops twice daily or latanoprost eye drops once daily in both eyes. Efficacy was assessed by daytime diurnal IOP (the mean of measurements made at 0800, 1000, 1400 and 1600 h).

Results: At baseline, the mean daytime diurnal IOP was 26.1 mmHg in the dorzolamide/timolol combination group versus 25.6 mmHg in the latanoprost group in Study 1, and 25.3 mmHg in the dorzolamide/timolol combination group versus 24.7 mmHg in the latanoprost group in Study 2. After 3 months, the mean daytime diurnal IOP was 18.9 mmHg for the dorzolamide/timolol combination versus 18.4 mmHg for latanoprost in Study 1, and 17.4 mmHg for the dorzolamide/timolol combination versus 17.5 mmHg for latanoprost in Study 2. The difference between treatments in mean IOP change at 3 months was − 0.04 mmHg [95% confidence interval (CI) − 0.85, 0.77] in Study 1, and − 0.57 mmHg (95% CI − 1.31, 0.16) in Study 2. The probability that the true difference lay between − 1.5 and 1.5 mmHg, the predefined bounds for equivalance, was > 0.950 in both studies. Both treatments were well tolerated over 3 months, although ocular stinging occurred more frequently with the dorzolamide/timolol combination.

Conclusion: The dorzolamide/timolol combination and latanoprost were equally effective at lowering IOP.
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Keywords: dorzolamide; glaucoma; latanoprost; ocular hypertension; timolol

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Glaucoma Division, New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ, Newark, New Jersey, USA 2: Department of Ophthalmology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland 3: Merck Research Laboratories, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication date: 2004-02-01

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