Phase III Randomized Study of Ursodiol With Vs Without Methotrexate for Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
University of Texas
Information provided by:
Office of Rare Diseases (ORD)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00004784
First received: February 24, 2000
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: December 2001
  Purpose

OBJECTIVES: I. Compare the effects of ursodiol (ursodeoxycholic acid), with and without methotrexate, on pruritus, incapacitation index, and serum markers of activity and severity in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis.

II. Compare the effects of these regimens on the development of ascites, encephalopathy, varices (or bleeding from pre-existing varices), histologic liver changes, transplantation, and survival.

III. Compare the toxicity and safety of each regimen.


Condition Intervention Phase
Liver Cirrhosis, Biliary
Drug: methotrexate
Drug: ursodiol
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):

Estimated Enrollment: 315
Study Start Date: January 1994
Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double-blind study. Patients are stratified by participating institution and Ludwig histologic stage.

All patients are treated with ursodiol (ursodeoxycholic acid, UDCA) for 6 months. If entry criteria continue to be met, patients are randomly assigned to UDCA/methotrexate or UDCA/placebo.

Combination therapy continues for at least 5 years.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 69 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

PROTOCOL ENTRY CRITERIA:

--Disease Characteristics-- The following criteria must be met prior to study entry and ursodiol treatment: Bilirubin less than 3 mg/dL Alkaline phosphatase at least 1.5 times normal limits Albumin at least 3 g/dL The following criteria must be met prior to randomization to Arms I and II: Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), i.e.: Cholestatic liver disease for at least 6 months prior to randomization Liver biopsy compatible with PBC within 6 months prior to randomization No biliary obstruction on ultrasound, computerized tomography, or cholangiography The following exclude: Asymptomatic and stage I liver histology (Ludwig classification) Hepatic encephalopathy Ascites Variceal bleeding No liver disease of other etiology, e.g.: Chronic hepatitis B or C Autoimmune chronic active hepatitis Alcoholic liver disease Sclerosing cholangitis Drug-induced liver disease Symptomatic or obstructive gallstones --Prior/Concurrent Therapy-- At least 6 months since the following immunosuppressives: Cyclosporine Tacrolimus Methotrexate At least 3 months since other immunosuppressives, e.g.: Azathioprine Chlorambucil Colchicine Corticosteroids Penicillamine At least 3 months since rifampin --Patient Characteristics-- Life expectancy: No major illness limiting life span Hematopoietic: WBC at least 2500/mm3 Absolute granulocyte count at least 1500/mm3 Platelet count at least 80,000/mm3 Hepatic: See Disease Characteristics Renal: Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min Pulmonary: No diffusion capacity or vital capacity less than 50% of predicted Other: Antimitochondrial antibody positive HIV antibody negative No alcoholism within the past 2 years No epilepsy requiring phenytoin No malignancy within the past 5 years other than skin cancer No pregnant women Adequate contraception required of fertile patients

  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00004784

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Texas
Investigators
Study Chair: Burton Combes University of Texas
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00004784     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/11873, UTSMC-29205400
Study First Received: February 24, 2000
Last Updated: June 23, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):
cirrhosis
gastrointestinal disorders
primary biliary cirrhosis
rare disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Liver Cirrhosis, Biliary
Liver Cirrhosis
Fibrosis
Cholestasis, Intrahepatic
Cholestasis
Bile Duct Diseases
Biliary Tract Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Liver Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Methotrexate
Ursodeoxycholic Acid
Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
Abortifacient Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Pharmacologic Actions
Therapeutic Uses
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antimetabolites
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Folic Acid Antagonists
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Antirheumatic Agents
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors
Cholagogues and Choleretics

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