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Further Evaluation of Thalidomide's Ability to Potentiate the Immune Response to HIV-Infected Patients

This study has been completed.
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NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service Identifier:
First received: November 2, 1999
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: July 1997

To determine if Thalidomide modulates the production of HIV-suppressor factors (MIP-1 alpha, MIP-1 beta, Rantes) and TH1 type cytokines (IL-12 and INF-gamma) in HIV-infected patients and alters viral load.

Condition Intervention
HIV Infections
Drug: Thalidomide

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Further Evaluation of Thalidomide's Ability to Potentiate the Immune Response to HIV-Infected Patients

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Estimated Enrollment: 20
Detailed Description:

Patients will be divided, 5 per group, into Groups I, II, III and IV. Groups I and II will include patients who have decided not to take anti-retro viral drugs. Groups III and IV will include patients receiving the same types of antiretroviral drugs. Patients in groups I and III will receive thalidomide while patients in group II and IV will receive placebo. The placebo capsules will be the same color as the thalidomide capsules and will contain glucose powder. Patients will ingest one capsule of thalidomide at 9 PM daily on days 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

Patients must have:

  • HIV infection.
  • CD4+ cell count >= 200/microliter or > 14% CD4+ cells in peripheral blood.
  • Willingness to commit to the study duration and agree to abide to the time table for entry into the study, ingestion of thalidomide and follow-up.

Exclusion Criteria

Co-existing Condition:

Patients with any of the following conditions or symptoms are excluded:

  • Fertile females.
  • Patients who participated in a clinical study involving a new drug or device within the last 2 months or the period of time equivalent to seven times the half life of the study drug, whichever is longer.

Patients with any of the following prior conditions are excluded:

HIV related pre-existing peripheral neuropathy.

Prior Medication:


Patients using systemic steroidal anti inflammatory drugs or pentoxifylline within 10 days of dosing with thalidomide.


10 of the 20 patients must be on antiretroviral therapy and the other 10 will be subjects who have decided not to be on any antiretroviral drug prior to enrollment into this study and do not plan to start such treatment during the study period.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00002174

United States, Louisiana
Ochsner Clinic
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, 70102
Sponsors and Collaborators
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00002174     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 262A
Study First Received: November 2, 1999
Last Updated: June 23, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service:
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Viral Load

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV Infections
Immune System Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Lentivirus Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Slow Virus Diseases
Virus Diseases
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Growth Inhibitors
Growth Substances
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Leprostatic Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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