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The effect of regular exercise on women receiving danazol for treatment of endometriosis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9764869     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of regular exercise on women receiving danazol for the treatment of endometriosis. METHODS: Thirty-nine patients were randomized to a danazol-only or a danazol/exercise regimen in a prospective clinical trial carried out at tertiary care institutions. Patients in the danazol/exercise group were instructed to exercise four times per week, for 40 min per session, at an intensity of 20 metabolic units. Side effect profiles, pelvic symptoms, aerobic fitness, strength and hormone levels were compared for all subjects. The number of side effects of danazol was analyzed by the method of generalized estimating equations. RESULTS: The number of side effects reported during a 4-week period was 1.09-2.17 times greater for the danazol-only than for the danazol/exercise group. All patients had improvement of symptoms during treatment. The danazol/exercise group had significantly lower testosterone levels during treatment. The time to recurrence of endometriosis was not different between groups. CONCLUSIONS: Exercise during danazol therapy reduces the number of androgenic side effects. Relief of pain and time to recurrence are unaffected.
S E Carpenter; B Tjaden; J A Rock; A Kimball
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0020-7292     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  1995 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-10     Completed Date:  1998-12-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  299-304     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Combined Modality Therapy
Danazol / adverse effects*
Endometriosis / blood,  therapy*
Estrogen Antagonists / adverse effects*
Exercise Therapy*
Pain / chemically induced,  prevention & control
Testosterone / blood
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Estrogen Antagonists; 17230-88-5/Danazol; 58-22-0/Testosterone

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