Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2018; 22 (3): 820-828

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201802_14318

Bilastine safety in drivers who need antihistamines: new evidence from high-speed simulator driving test on allergic patients

A. Demonte, M.B. Guanti, S. Liberati, A. Biffi, F. Fernando, M. Fainello, P. Pepe

Department of Surgical, Medical, Dental and Morphological Sciences with Interest in Transplant, Oncological and Regenerative Medicine; Dermatology Unit; University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy. patrizia.pepe@unimore.it


OBJECTIVE: Bilastine is a highly selective, non-sedating antihistamine, indicated for the symptomatic treatment of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and urticaria. Available data suggest that bilastine interferes neither with driving ability nor with flying-related performance. However, no data are available on the effect of bilastine on the driving ability in extreme conditions. Here we analyzed the effect of 7 days treatment with 20 mg bilastine in patients with allergic rhinitis and/or chronic urticaria, on psychophysical performance assessed by the Formula One (F1) high-speed simulator-driving test.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study is a phase IV, interventional, prospective, mono-centric, single arm, open-label trial. Eighteen outpatients affected by allergic rhinitis and/or chronic urticaria, able to perform a preliminary driving test on F1 simulator were considered (V-1). First, the patients had a screening visit to assess their eligibility (V0). Visit 1 (V1), at the end of placebo before bilastine treatment and Visit 2 (V2), at the end of bilastine treatment. The primary variable parameter was the ability to maintain the vehicle in a central position at different speeds (50, 150, and 250 km/h).

RESULTS: Bilastine had a good safety profile and was well tolerated in terms of adverse events, laboratory parameters and vital signs. Bilastine did not have any negative effect on the ability to maintain the requested path, a constant speed as well as on attention and reactivity levels, even in extreme driving conditions.

CONCLUSIONS: This study is the first done in patients with allergic rhinitis and/or chronic urticaria using a F1-high speed simulator-driving test evaluating subjects’ performance under bilastine treatment.

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A. Demonte, M.B. Guanti, S. Liberati, A. Biffi, F. Fernando, M. Fainello, P. Pepe
Bilastine safety in drivers who need antihistamines: new evidence from high-speed simulator driving test on allergic patients

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2018
Vol. 22 - N. 3
Pages: 820-828
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201802_14318