Efficacy of elagolix in the treatment of endometriosis.

Abstract:

INTRODUCTION:Much research has gone into developing medications that can be used to alleviate endometriosis-associated symptoms. In addition to already established medications, a new GnRH antagonist, elagolix, is in development. The novelty of this drug compared to other GnRH antagonists, is its nonpeptide structure, allowing it to be administered orally. Areas covered: We analyzed several Phase I, II and III clinical trials that have evaluated the safety and efficacy of this new medication. Expert opinion: Since many medications have been put on the market and have gained popularity for the treatment of endometriosis-associated symptoms, the demonstration of equality or superiority of effect, tolerability, as well as patient compliance should be assessed when introducing a new drug. While elagolix may have an advantage over established GnRH agonists, in that it does not lead to a 'flare-up' effect, it too, takes a toll on bone mineral density. Nevertheless, studies have shown that this new oral GnRH antagonist is well tolerated, and the side effects have been described as 'mild or moderate'. However, in order to examine whether elagolix can compete with or even surpass established gold-standard medical treatments in this field, further studies that directly compare elagolix to said treatments, might be necessary.

authors

Perricos A,Wenzl R

doi

10.1080/14656566.2017.1359258

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Has Abstract

pub_date

2017-09-01 00:00:00

pages

1391-1397

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13

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1465-6566

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1744-7666

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18

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