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Glyburide Compared to Insulin in the Management of White's Classification A2 Gestational Diabetes

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Active Duty principle investigator currently deployed)
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Tripler Army Medical Center Identifier:
First received: September 8, 2005
Last updated: February 10, 2014
Last verified: July 2011

The purpose of this study is to determine whether the oral administration of glyburide is as effective as insulin in the treatment of gestational diabetes.

  1. SYNOPSIS: Infants born to mothers with gestational diabetes(GDM) are at risk for a variety of adverse perinatal outcomes including macrosomia with subsequent birth trauma and cesarean delivery, neonatal hypoglycemia, polycythemia, jaundice, hypocalcemia, respiratory depression and newborn intensive care unit admission. These adverse outcomes are thought to be related to the degree of maternal hyperglycemia during pregnancy. Women with GDM are typically treated with insulin to lower blood glucose levels to as near-normal as possible. A single randomized trial has suggested that the oral sulfonylurea, glyburide is a clinically effective and safe alternative to insulin therapy.
  2. Many obstetric care providers have adopted the use of glyburide in the routine management of gestational diabetes. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Diabetic Association both state that further studies are needed in a larger patient population before the use of newer oral hypoglycemic agents can be supported for use in pregnancy.
  3. STATUS: Previous studies have demonstrated that there is no maternal-fetal transfer of glyburide and when compared to insulin is an effective alternative to insulin. Additionally, a published cost analysis concluded that glyburide is significantly less costly than insulin for the treatment of GDM. The benefits of an oral agent for the management of gestational diabetes include less discomfort for the patient in drug administration, lower requirement for patient education in the administration of injectable medications and less chance of error in dosing. Our study population is more ethnically diverse and our incidence of large for gestational age infants is lower than in the largely Hispanic population studied by Langer et al. Many obstetricians, including ourselves, apply different criteria than Langer for diagnosing gestational diabetes , and for deciding when to institute insulin therapy. It is our goal to confirm the prior single study concerning the safety and efficacy of glyburide in reducing the complications of GDM utilizing a more ethnically diverse population with more realistic goals in glycemic control. To this end we will add to the medical literature supporting this alternative therapy to insulin.

Condition Intervention Phase
Gestational Diabetes
Drug: Glyburide
Drug: Insulin
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Glyburide Compared to Insulin in the Management of White's Classification A2 Gestational Diabetes

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Further study details as provided by Tripler Army Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Newborn birth weight [ Time Frame: mid study ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Gestational age at delivery [ Time Frame: Completion of study ]
  • Method of delivery (cesarean, forceps, vacuum, spontaneous) [ Time Frame: completion of study ]
  • Complications of delivery (shoulder dystocia, birth injury, 4th degree vaginal laceration) [ Time Frame: completion of study ]
  • Newborn intensive care unit admission [ Time Frame: mid study ]
  • Congenital anomalies of the newborn [ Time Frame: completion of study ]
  • Incidence of neonatal metabolic derangement [ Time Frame: completion of study ]

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: June 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Glyburide,gestational diabetes, maternal complications, neonatal complications
Drug: Glyburide
dosage required to obtain adequate glucose control
Active Comparator: 2
Insulin, gestational diabetes, maternal complications, neonatal outcomes
Drug: Insulin
variable dosage to obtain glucose control

Detailed Description:

PLAN: Women who present for prenatal care are routinely screened for gestational diabetes (GDM) with a one-hour 50gm oral glucose challenge test (GCT). This screening occurs at the first prenatal visit if risk factors (marked obesity, prior pregnancy affected by GDM, prior macrosomic infant, glycosuria, strong family history of diabetes) for GDM are identified on intake history. If no risk factors for GDM are identified or if initial screening is negative, the GCT is administered between 24-28 weeks gestation. At our institution, the GCT is considered positive if, one hour after ingestion of a 50gm oral glucose solution, the serum glucose is greater than or equal to 135mg/dl. This screening cutoff varies among medical treatment facilities. Positive screening tests are followed by a diagnostic oral glucose tolerance test (GTT). A positive diagnosis requires that two or more thresholds be met or exceeded. Women with the diagnosis of gestational diabetes will receive dietary counseling and instruction on the performing capillary glucose from a by a nurse educator. If > 20% of recorded home glucose values are in excess of target range following initiation of appropriate diet, women will be offered enrollment into the study.

All women who agree to participate in the study will have an ultrasound performed to confirm gestational age and rule out fetal anomalies, a serum glycosylated hemoglobin A1C to assist in excluding preexisting diabetes and a fasting insulin level to assist in determining degree of insulin resistance. A serum glycosylated hemoglobin A1C will be repeated upon admission for delivery. Subjects randomized into standard therapy insulin arm will have their insulin dose calculated by established standards. Dosing is based upon a 2 shot combined dose with long acting and short acting insulin given prior to breakfast and dinner. If the fasting glucose values remain elevated the dinner NPH will be moved to bedtime. Subcutaneous administration is recommended in a consistent anatomic region, preferably the abdomen.

Insulin will be adjusted on a weekly basis in order to maintain optimal glucose control. Women assigned to receive glyburide will begin with 2.5mg orally with the morning meal. Glyburide dosage will be increased weekly as indicated to a maximum daily dose of 20mg to achieve glucose control. If the patient continues to have elevated fasting glucose the may be split to 12 hr intervals. If maximum daily dose of glyburide does not result in reaching the threshold values, patients will be administered insulin however data will be analyzed on an intent-to-treat basis.

Upon admission for delivery additional maternal blood will be collected for hemoglobin A1C, and glyburide levels. These values will be utilized to determine efficacy of treatment and for comparison to fetal umbilical cord values.

At delivery fetal blood from the umbilical cord will be collected for glucose, hematocrit, insulin level and, in a representative sample, glyburide level. These values will be utilized to determine whether insulin or glyburide provides superior efficacy in maintaining these values within normal limits. Cord blood glyburide levels will be obtained in a representative sample of exposed subjects.

When clinically indicated labs are performed by the pediatrician on the newborn, such as heel stick glucose for hypoglycemia, bilirubin levels for neonatal jaundice, calcium levels for suspected hypocalcemia, these values will be obtained by review of the newborn record.

In all gestational diabetics, post partum assessment of diabetic status will be assessed with either a fasting glucose determination or a 2hr glucose tolerance test .


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant women over age 18 who fail to achieve adequate glucose control on diet therapy alone.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Delivery planned at other than a participating medical treatment facility.
  • Women with preexisting diabetes mellitus or diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • Hypersensitivity to study medications
  • Underlying vascular disease or medical condition known to affect fetal growth or drug clearance such as: severe chronic hypertension, systemic lupus erythematosis, chronic renal insufficiency, hepatic disease, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome or thrombophilia.
  • Fetal anomalies identified on ultrasound prior to initiation of therapy.
  • Fetal aneuploidy.
  • Diagnosis of GDM made after 32 weeks gestation (fetal growth pattern may be impossible to affect after this gestational age.)
  • Use of supplemental herbal/nutraceuticals containing chromium, garlic, gymnema (may cause hypoglycemia).
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00160485

United States, Hawaii
Tripler Army Medical Center
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 97859
Sponsors and Collaborators
Tripler Army Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth G Spooner, MD Tripler Army Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: COL Elizabeth Golladay Spooner, MD, Tripler Army Medial Center Identifier: NCT00160485     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: TAMC 16H04
Study First Received: September 8, 2005
Last Updated: February 10, 2014

Keywords provided by Tripler Army Medical Center:
Gestational Diabetes

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes, Gestational
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Pregnancy Complications
Insulin, Globin Zinc
Hypoglycemic Agents
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