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Comparison of Preseasonal and Coseasonal Allpyral with Depo-Medrone in Summer Hay-fever

BMJ 1969; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5640.357 (Published 08 February 1969) Cite this as: BMJ 1969;1:357
  1. M. A. Ganderton,
  2. Jonathan Brostoff,
  3. A. W. Frankland

    Abstract

    Three hundred patients with grass pollen hay-fever, with or without pollen asthma, were given one of three forms of treatment: preseasonal or coseasonal alum-precipitated pyridine extracted grass pollen (Allpyral) or methylprednisolone acetate in slow-release form (Depo-Medrone). Significant improvement was obtained with preseasonal Allpyral and with Depo-Medrone, but the degree of improvement obtained with coseasonal Allpyral fell within the limits of placebo response.

    Nevertheless, it is considered that the definite suppression of the pituitary-adrenal function which results from the use of a long-term steroid is not justified in a benign condition such as hay-fever.