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DHEA Bioavailability Following Administration of Vaginal Suppositories in Post-Menopausal Women With Vaginal Atrophy

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00429806
First Posted: February 1, 2007
Last Update Posted: April 7, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
CHU de Quebec-Universite Laval
  Purpose
The purpose of the study is to evaluate the systemic bioavailability of DHEA and its metabolites and the pharmacokinetics of vaginal suppositories at four different DHEA concentration.

Condition Intervention Phase
Vaginal Atrophy Drug: DHEA Drug: Placebo Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: DHEA Bioavailability Following Administration of Vaginal Suppositories in Post-Menopausal Women With Vaginal Atrophy-Phase I Randomized,Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Study.

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Further study details as provided by CHU de Quebec-Universite Laval:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The evaluation of the systemic bioavailability of DHEA and its metabolites. [ Time Frame: Day 1-2 and Day 7-8 ]
  • The pharmacokinetics of vaginal suppositories at four different DHEA concentrations. [ Time Frame: Day 1-2 and Day 7-8 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The safety and tolerance of the suppositories. [ Time Frame: Day 1 to Day 8 (plus follow-up of Adverse Events for 30 days after last dose) ]
  • The effect of treatment on maturation index and value [ Time Frame: Day 7 ]

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: November 2006
Study Completion Date: July 2007
Primary Completion Date: March 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo suppository; once daily for 7 days.
Drug: Placebo
Placebo
Experimental: DHEA 0.50%
DHEA 0.50% (6.5 mg) suppository; once daily for 7 days.
Drug: DHEA
DHEA
Other Name: dehydroepiandrosterone; prasterone
Experimental: DHEA 1.0%
DHEA 1.0% (13 mg) suppository; once daily for 7 days.
Drug: DHEA
DHEA
Other Name: dehydroepiandrosterone; prasterone
Experimental: DHEA 1.8%
DHEA 1.8% (23.4 mg) suppository; once daily for 7 days.
Drug: DHEA
DHEA
Other Name: dehydroepiandrosterone; prasterone

Detailed Description:

Humans, are unique among animal species in having adrenals that secrete large amounts of the inactive precursor steroids dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and especially its sulfate DHEA-S. The marked reduction in the formation of DHEA-S by the adrenals during aging results in a dramatic fall in the formation of androgens and estrogens in peripheral target tissues, a situation that has been proposed to be associated with age-related diseases including skin atrophy, insulin resistance and obesity. Much attention has been given to the benefits of DHEA administered to postmenopausal women, especially on the bone, skin, vagina and well being after oral as well as percutaneous administration of the precursor steroid.

Therefore, this study proposes to evaluate the systemic bioavailability and the effectiveness of 1.3 mL vaginal suppositories of DHEA at 4 different concentrations (0.0%, 0.5%, 1.0% et 1.8%) following 1 week administration of vaginal suppositories in post-menopausal women with vaginal atrophy. This is a phase I, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Postmenopausal women,
  • Experiencing one symptom of vaginal atrophy (vaginal dryness, vaginal and/or vulvar irritation/itching, dysuria, vaginal pain associated with sexual activity or vaginal bleeding associated with sexual activity,
  • Women having a low maturation index and a vaginal pH above 5,
  • Endometrial thickness of 4 mm or less at transvaginal ultrasonography,
  • Body weight within 18.5 and 32.0 according to body mass index.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding,
  • Active or history of thromboembolic disease,
  • Significant metabolic or endocrine disease,
  • Significant complication on previous hormonal therapy,
  • Use of hormonal implants within 6 months prior to study entry,
  • Use of oral estrogen, progestin or DHEA in the 8 weeks prior to baseline,
  • Use of natural (phytoestrogens) or herbal products in the 2 weeks prior to baseline,
  • Chronic use of corticosteroids,
  • Hypertension not controlled by standard therapy.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00429806


Locations
Canada
Clinique des traitements hormonaux CHUL Research Center
Quebec, Canada, G1V 4G2
Sponsors and Collaborators
CHU de Quebec-Universite Laval
Investigators
Study Chair: Fernand Labrie, MD, Ph D CHUL Research Center Director
Principal Investigator: Cusan Leonello, MD Ph D CHUL Research Center
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: CHU de Quebec-Universite Laval
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00429806     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ERC-213
First Submitted: January 31, 2007
First Posted: February 1, 2007
Last Update Posted: April 7, 2017
Last Verified: April 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by CHU de Quebec-Universite Laval:
Vaginal atrophy
DHEA
Prasterone
Menopause

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Atrophy
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Dehydroepiandrosterone
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs