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    ABSTRACT: Two monophasic oral contraceptives containing gestodene (GTD, 75 micrograms) and ethinylestradiol (EE, 30 micrograms) or norgestimate (NGS, 250 micrograms) and EE (35 micrograms) were compared during the first six cycles of use. The subjects were randomly assigned to receive either type: 97 received GTD/EE and 92 NGS/EE. Six women in the GTD/EE group and nine in the NGS/EE group withdrew from the study; three (3%) and two (2%), respectively, withdrew because of adverse reactions. A total of 562 cycles for GTD/EE and 523 for NGS/EE were available. No woman became pregnant during the study. Overall, 94.4% of cycles in the GTD/EE group and 92.8% in the NGS/EE group were normal. A similar incidence of breakthrough bleeding (0.2% of cycles for GTD and 1.6% for NGS) and spotting (5.4% vs. 5.6%) was observed. Amenorrhea was never reported. Duration of withdrawal bleeding tended to be slightly longer in the NGS/EE group, significantly so for cycles 2 (0.5 days, p = 0.016), 4 (0.5 days, p = 0.031) and 5 (0.4 days, p = 0.045). Cycle 2 was significantly longer in the GTD/EE group (0.3 days, p = 0.027). Side-effects were reported by 12 (12%) women in the GTD/EE group and 13 (14%) in the NGS/EE group. The most common side-effects were headache (five cases (5%) in the GTD/EE group and two (2%) in the NGS/EE group) and breast pain (three (3%) and eight (9%) cases respectively). There were no statistically significant differences between the two groups with respect to change in body weight or changes in blood pressure and in laboratory data.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
    Gynecological Endocrinology 01/1994; 7(4):259-66. · 1.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fifty-six postmenopausal women aged 52.4 +/- 6.7 years (SD) were treated for 12 months with L-glutamine calcium monofluorophosphate. Each patient received four tablets/day, providing a total dose of 20 mg of fluoride and 600 mg of elemental calcium. Bone mineral density was measured at baseline and after 6 and 12 months of treatment by dual photon absorptiometry of the distal forearm. At these times, serum levels of alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin, and urinary concentrations of hydroxyproline and calcium, were also assayed. Results were compared with a control group of 50 untreated postmenopausal women with similar clinical characteristics. Forty-nine patients completed the study. Bone mineral density in the treated patients showed a significant increase after 6 months in comparison with both baseline (p < 0.01) and controls (p < 0.01). After 12 months no significant further increase in bone mineral density was detected. In the control group, a significant decrease of bone mineral density was observed at this time (p < 0.01). After 6 months, serum osteocalcin levels were significantly increased in the treated group (p < 0.01 vs. basal and controls). The other biochemical parameters did not show any significant variations. After 12 months, all the biochemical parameters evaluated, with the exception of serum alkaline phosphatase, were significantly different in comparison with the control group (p < 0.01). Osteocalcin levels also increased in comparison with the basal value (p < 0.01). Adverse effects were mild. However, seven patients stopped the treatment before the 6th month because of gastrointestinal complaints.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
    Gynecological Endocrinology 10/1993; 7(3):201-5. · 1.30 Impact Factor