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Early Immunosuppressants in Crohn's Disease (RAPID)

This study has been completed.
Société Nationale Française de Gastroentérologie
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Groupe d'Etude Therapeutique des Affections Inflammatoires Digestives Identifier:
First received: October 18, 2007
Last updated: April 26, 2015
Last verified: August 2011
Pluricentric randomized study comparing two therapeutic strategies at beginning of Crohn's disease: early immunosuppressants (prescription within the six first months following diagnosis) vs. conventional strategy (immunosuppressants given only in case of steroid failure, in a selected group of patients being at high risk of disabling course. The hypothesis is that immunosuppressants given early may improve the disease course during the 3 following years in this subset of patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Crohn's Disease Drug: early immunosuppressants (azathioprine, methotrexate) Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Early Prescription of Immunosuppressants on First Three-year Course of Crohn's Disease

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Further study details as provided by Groupe d'Etude Therapeutique des Affections Inflammatoires Digestives:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • number of 3-months periods with remission [ Time Frame: 3 yrs ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • 3-yr cumulative steroid dose [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • quality of life questionnaire [ Time Frame: 3 yrs ]

Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: July 2005
Study Completion Date: June 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: control = conventional treatment
conventional treatment: use of immunosuppressants only if steroid dependency or chronic active disease
Experimental: Immunossuppresive treatment
Switch to different immunosuppresive treatment in case of relapse.
Drug: early immunosuppressants (azathioprine, methotrexate)
azathioprine 2.5 mg/kg/day SC methotrexate 25 mg/week if aza not tolerated
Other Name: Azathioprine = brand name = Imurel


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • > 18 yr old
  • diagnosis of Crohn's disease
  • intestinal lesions demonstrated during the last 6 months
  • disease duration < 6 months
  • patients at high risk of disabling disease (having 2 criteria out of the 3 following: age < 40, perinanal disease, steroid for the first flare)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • prior prescription of immunosuppressants
  • severe course requiring early immunosuppressants (steroid resistance, xtensive disease, disabling perianal disease)
  • intestinal resection
  • active infectious disease including HIV
  • hepatic failure
  • renal failure
  • pregnancy
  • high probability of poor compliance
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00546546

Chu Amiens
Amiens, France, 80054
Chu Besancon
Besancon, France, 25030
Caen, France, 14033
Chu Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-ferrand, France, 63003
Hopital Beaujon
Clichy, France, 92110
Hopital Louis Mourrier
Colombes, France, 92700
Hopital Bicetre
Le Kremlin Bicetre, France, 94275
Chru Lille
Lille, France, 59037
Chu Marseille - Hopital Nord
Marseille, France, 13915
Ch Le Raincy Montfermeil
Montfermeil, France, 93370
Chu Nantes
Nantes, France, 44093
Nice, France, 06202
Hopital Lariboisiere
Paris, France, 75010
Hopital Saint Louis
Paris, France, 75010
Hopital St Antoine
Paris, France, 75012
Hopital Cochin
Paris, France, 75014
Hopital Georges Pompidou
Paris, France, 75015
Hopital Bichat
Paris, France, 75018
Institut Mutualiste Montsouris (Imm)
Paris, France, 75674
Hopital Haut Leveque
Pessac, France, 33604
Pierre Benite, France, 69495
Chu Reims
Reims, France, 51092
Chu Rouen
Rouen, France, 76031
Chu Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France, 67091
Chu Toulouse
Toulouse, France, 31403
Chu Tours
Tours, France, 37044
Sponsors and Collaborators
Groupe d'Etude Therapeutique des Affections Inflammatoires Digestives
Société Nationale Française de Gastroentérologie
Study Director: Marc LEMANN, PhD Groupe d'Etude Therapeutique des Affections Inflammatoires Digestives
Principal Investigator: Jacques COSNES, PhD Groupe d'Etude Therapeutique des Affections Inflammatoires Digestives
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Groupe d'Etude Therapeutique des Affections Inflammatoires Digestives Identifier: NCT00546546     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GETAID 2004-2
Study First Received: October 18, 2007
Last Updated: April 26, 2015

Keywords provided by Groupe d'Etude Therapeutique des Affections Inflammatoires Digestives:
natural history

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Crohn Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Immunosuppressive Agents
Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
Abortifacient Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Folic Acid Antagonists
Immunologic Factors
Antirheumatic Agents
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