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Dose-response relationship of the H1-histamine antagonist, ebastine, against histamine and methacholine-induced bronchoconstriction in patients with asthma

  • R. Wood-Baker
  • S. T. Holgate
Histamine: Measurement and Clinical Studies


In a double blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial in a group of extrinsic asthmatics, we have evaluated the potency and selectivity of ebastine, a new piperidine-type H1-receptor antagonist, against histamine and methacholine-induced bronchoconstriction. The median histamine PC20FEV1 value following placebo was 3.15 mg/ml (0.24–58.84). When compared with placebo, ebastine produced significant protection at 10 mg (median PC20=31.36 mg/ml,p=0.008) and 30 mg (median PC20=42.14 mg/ml,p=0.001) but there appeared to be no significant dose effect. Ebastine also produced a small shift in the methacholine concentration-response curves to the right. We conclude that ebastine is an effective antagonist of histamine-induced bronchoconstriction in the asthmatic airway with evidence of minor blockade of methacholine-induced bronchoconstriction.


Placebo Asthma Histamine Placebo Control Trial Methacholine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Wood-Baker
    • 1
  • S. T. Holgate
    • 1
  1. 1.Immunopharmacology Group, Medicine 1, Level D, Centre BlockSouthampton General HospitalSouthamptonUK

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