Publications by authors named "Wei-Jiang Song"

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Benefits and Safety of Tripterygium Glycosides and Total Glucosides of Paeony for Rheumatoid Arthritis: An Overview of Systematic Reviews.

Chin J Integr Med 2019 Sep 5;25(9):696-703. Epub 2019 Aug 5.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Department of Rheumatism, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing, 100029, China.

Objective: To summarize the evidence from systematic reviews (SRs) on the benefits and safety of Tripterygium glycosides (TG) and total glucosides of paeony (TGP), commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in China, for patients with RA.

Methods: SRs of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on TG or TGP in treating RA were included, by searching 8 databases from their inception until December 2017. Two authors extracted data independently. We assessed the quality of SRs using AMSTAR and graded the quality of evidence according to the GRADE approach.

Results: Eleven SRs containing an average of 7.6 RCTs, involving a total of 7,012 participants were included in this overview. On the basis of included SRs, TG and TGP could improve the following indexes for RA patients: American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 20 response rate, ACR50 response rate and ACR70 response rate, swollen joint count, tender joint count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein. Moreover, TGP could reduce incidence of hepatotoxicity. The most common adverse effects of TG were gastrointestinal discomfort and gonad toxicity, while for TGP was mild to moderate diarrhea. The overall quality of evidence for these findings ranged from "low" to "moderate".

Conclusions: TG and TGP might be 2 potentially effective complementary and alternative drugs for patients with RA. Nevertheless, due to gonad toxicity, TG should only be considered in elderly patients or patients without reproductive needs. More evidence from high quality RCTs and SRs is warranted to support the use of TG and TGP for RA patients.
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September 2019

Oral oxymatrine preparation for chronic hepatitis B: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials.

Chin J Integr Med 2016 Feb 26;22(2):141-9. Epub 2015 May 26.

Department of Gastroenterology, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing, 100029, China.

Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of oral oxymatrine preparation for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B (CHB).

Methods: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on oral oxymatrine preparation in treating patients with CHB were retrieved until October 2013 by searching PubMed, the Cochrane Library, Embase and four Chinese databases, irrespective of language and publication status. Data extraction and data analyses were conducted according to the Cochrane standards. The risk of bias for each included trials and the quality of evidence on pre-specified outcomes were assessed. The RevMan software was used for statistical analyses.

Results: Totally 52 RCTs enrolling 5,227 participants were included, of which 51 RCTs were included in meta-analyses. Oral oxymatrine preparation including oxymatrine capsule and oxymatrine tablet were associated with statistically significant effect on the clearance of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA, HBV surface antigen and HBV e antigen, and were beneficial to the normalization of serum alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase. Nevertheless, the overall methodological quality and the quality of evidence in the included trials were poor. In addition, safety of oral oxymatrine preparation was not confirmed.

Conclusions: Oral oxymatrine preparation showed some potential benefits for patients with CHB. However, the overall quality of evidence was limited and the safety of oral oxymatrine preparation for CHB patients was still unproven. More high quality evidence from rigorously designed RCTs is warranted to support the clinical use of oral oxymatrine preparation for patients with CHB.
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February 2016