Efficacy of mometasone furoate nasal spray in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. Meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trials


Prof. Giorgio Walter Canonica
Allergy and Respiratory Diseases
Padiglione Maragliano
L.go R. Benzi 10
Genoa 16132


Rationale:  Several randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of mometasone furoate nasal spray (MFNS) in the treatment of allergic rhinitis (AR) thus allowing for a meta-analysis to determine the overall treatment effect.

Methods:  A comprehensive search of the MEDLINE, LILACS, SCOPUS, and the Cochrane Library databases up to 31 October, 2007 was carried out. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of MFNS in patients with AR compared to placebo were included. Total nasal symptom scores (TNSS), individual nasal symptoms, total non-nasal symptom scores (TNNSS) and nasal airflow were analysed as the standardized mean difference (SMD). Meta-analysis was performed with the random or the fixed effect models depending on heterogeneity, by using revman 5 software.

Data synthesis:  Sixteen of the 113 identified articles met the inclusion criteria. For MFNS efficacy on TNSS, 2998 participants were analysed: 1534 received MFNS and 1464 placebo. Mometasone furoate nasal spray was associated with a significant reduction in TNSS (SMD −0.49, 95% CI: −0.60 to −0.38; P < 0.00001; I2 = 50.1%). A significant effect on SMD for nasal stuffiness/congestion (−0.41; 95% CI: −0.56 to −0.27), rhinorrhoea (−0.44; 95% CI: −0.66 to −0.21), sneezing (−0.40; 95% CI: −0.57 to −0.23) and nasal itching (−0.39; 95% CI: −0.53 to −0.25) was also demonstrated. Mometasone furoate nasal spray treated subjects also showed a significant reduction in TNNSS (−0.30; 95% CI: −0.43 to −0.18). The proportion of patients with adverse events was similar for MFNS and placebo (0.99; 95% CI: 0.81–1.20; P = 0.91).

Conclusions:  This meta-analysis provides a level Ia evidence for the efficacy of MFSN in the treatment of AR vs placebo. Adverse events frequency was similar in both groups.