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Danish Carvedilol Study in Portal Hypertension (DACAPO)

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: June 28, 2007
Last Update Posted: August 10, 2009
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Hvidovre University Hospital
Patients with large esophageal varices who have not yet experienced bleeding, are normally treated with propranolol, a beta blocking agent that reduces the portal pressure and thereby diminish the risk of bleeding. 20-40% of the patients do not respond to this treatment or have to discontinue the treatment because of side effects. The aim of this study is to evaluate if carvedilol (a combined alfa -beta blocker) has better efficacy and safety than propranolol in lowering the portal pressure in patients with cirrhosis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Cirrhosis Portal Hypertension Drug: carvedilol Drug: propranolol Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Danish Carvedilol Study in Portal Hypertension. Carvedilol in the Prevention of Bleeding in Portal Hypertension and Esophageal Varices

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Further study details as provided by Hvidovre University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • If carvedilol is better than propranolol in lowering portal pressure after 3 months of treatment [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • If the effect of a single dose of propranolol can predict the long term effect of propranolol or carvedilol [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: September 2003
Study Completion Date: August 2009
Primary Completion Date: August 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: carvedilol Drug: carvedilol
6.25 mg of carvedilol for 12 weeks, to achieve a satisfactory pulse reduction the doses are doubled weekly up to a maximum of 25 mg carvedilol daily.
Active Comparator: propranolol
Cirrhotic patients treated with propranolol
Drug: propranolol
80 mg of propranolol for 12 weeks, to achieve a satisfactory pulse reduction the doses are doubles weekly up to a maximum of 360 mg propranolol daily


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Cirrhosis
  • HVPG > 12 mmHg

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Respiratory disease that contradict endoscopy
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Hepatorenal syndrome
  • COPD or Asthma
  • Treatment with vasoactive drugs within 1 week of inclusion
  • Heart disease that contradict treatment with beta-blocking agents
  • IDDM
  • Pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00493480

Hvidovre Hospital
Hvidovre, Denmark, 2650
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hvidovre University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Erik F Hansen, MD,Ph.d
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Erik Feldager/ sponsor, Erik Feldager, Hvidovre Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00493480     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: KF-02-049/03
First Submitted: June 27, 2007
First Posted: June 28, 2007
Last Update Posted: August 10, 2009
Last Verified: August 2009

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hypertension, Portal
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
Adrenergic Antagonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Antihypertensive Agents
Vasodilator Agents
Adrenergic alpha-1 Receptor Antagonists
Adrenergic alpha-Antagonists