Effects of the inverse alpha-agonist doxazosin in allergic rhinitis

A. Manoharan, Ashley E. Morrison, B. J. Lipworth (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Background: We examined the paradoxical hypothesis that the alpha-receptor inverse agonist doxazosin might produce beneficial effects in allergic rhinitis.

Objectives: To evaluate single and chronic dosing effects of doxazosin on nasal airflow and symptoms in allergic rhinitis.

Methods: Fifteen patients randomized to receive 3-5 weeks of oral doxazosin 4 mg daily or placebo in crossover fashion. Measurements were taken at baseline and after first and last doses.

Results: There was a fall in peak nasal inspiratory flow (PNIF) between baseline vs. first dose of doxazosin: mean difference -19 L/min (95% CI -35 to -2) P = 0.03, with recovery between first and last doses: 21 L/min (95% CI 7-34) P = 0.006. Nasal visual analogue scale (VAS) and blockage scores were worse between baseline vs. first dose of doxazosin: mean difference VAS -10 mm (95% CI -18 to -2) P = 0.02, blockage -0.7 (95% CI -1.3 to -0.1) P = 0.02, with recovery between first and last doses: VAS 15 mm (95% CI 4-25) P = 0.009, blockage 1.1 (95% CI 0.5-1.6) P = 0.001. The oxymetazoline dose-response for PNIF was blunted after single vs chronic dosing with doxazosin: mean difference -17 L/min (95% CI -30 to -4) P = 0.01. Heart rate and diastolic blood pressure showed the same pattern. There was a significant difference between doxazosin and placebo for nasal blockage score and heart rate after single but not chronic dosing.

Conclusions: There was a disconnect between single and chronic dosing effects of doxazosin for nasal symptoms, oxymetazoline response and cardiovascular outcomes, in turn suggesting alpha-1 receptor up-regulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-704
Number of pages9
JournalClinical and Experimental Allergy
Volume46
Issue number5
Early online date6 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

Keywords

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Alpha-receptor antagonist
  • Alpha-receptor inverse agonist
  • Doxazosin
  • Peak nasal inspiratory flow

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