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Randomized Study of the Effect of Decreased Hyperinsulinemia on the Ovulatory Response to Clomiphene Citrate in Obese Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

This study has been completed.
University of Virginia
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Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) Identifier:
First received: May 2, 2000
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: April 2000


I. Determine whether reduction of serum insulin levels by metformin increases ovulatory response to clomiphene or spontaneous ovulation in obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Condition Intervention
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Drug: clomiphene citrate
Drug: metformin

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: 88
Study Start Date: January 2000
Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled, multicenter study. Patients are randomized to one of two treatment arms.

Patients receive oral metformin (arm I) or oral placebo (arm II) three times daily for 8 weeks. All patients who do not ovulate by day 28 receive oral clomiphene citrate daily on days 36-40.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 40 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


--Disease Characteristics--

Obese women with chronic anovulation due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Must have oligoamenorrhea and hyperandrogenemia

--Prior/Concurrent Therapy--

At least 2 months since prior standard therapy (including over the counter drugs) At least 2 months since prior investigational agents

--Patient Characteristics--

Hematopoietic: Hematocrit greater than 38%

Hepatic: Liver function normal No clinically significant hepatic disease

Renal: No clinically significant renal disease Creatinine less than 1.4 mg/dL No proteinuria

Cardiovascular: No clinically significant cardiac disease

Pulmonary: No clinically significant pulmonary disease

Hormonal: Thyroid function normal Prolactin normal Fasting 17 alpha-hydroxy progesterone less than 200 mg/dL OR No late onset adrenal hyperplasia 21 alpha-hydroxylase deficiency

Other: Not pregnant Negative pregnancy test Fertile patients must use effective contraception No diabetes mellitus No clinically significant neurologic, psychiatric, infectious, neoplastic, or metabolic disease No clinically significant malignant disease except nonmelanomatous skin cancer At least 1 year since any prior drug abuse or alcoholism

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00005654

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Virginia
Study Chair: William S. Evans University of Virginia
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00005654     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/14914, UVA-WSE023
Study First Received: May 2, 2000
Last Updated: June 23, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):
endocrine disorders
polycystic ovarian syndrome
rare disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Adnexal Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Gonadal Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Estrogen Antagonists
Estrogen Receptor Modulators
Fertility Agents
Fertility Agents, Female
Hormone Antagonists
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Reproductive Control Agents
Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on November 27, 2014