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Rosuvastatin in Visceral Adiposity (RIVIERA)

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: February 15, 2010
Last Update Posted: August 24, 2015
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Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Göteborg University
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether 6 months treatment with the cholesterol-lowering drug rosuvastatin may reduce visceral fat tissue in obese middle aged men.

Condition Intervention Phase
Abdominal Obesity Drug: Rosuvastatin Drug: Placebo for rosuvastatin Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A 26-week, Single Center, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Double-blind, Parallel-group Study to Evaluate the Effect of Rosuvastatin on Visceral Adipose Tissue in Male Patients With Abdominal Obesity

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Further study details as provided by Göteborg University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Visceral Adipose Tissue Area Measured by Computed Tomography. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Area [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Change in the Ratio Between Intra-abdominal and Subcutaneous Tissue Area Measured by CT. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Change in Hepatic Fat Infiltration Measured by CT. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Change in Body Weight [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Change in LDL [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Enrollment: 54
Study Start Date: May 2006
Study Completion Date: December 2008
Primary Completion Date: October 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Rosuvastatin Drug: Rosuvastatin
10 mg once daily
Other Name: Crestor®
Placebo Comparator: Placebo for Rosuvastatin Drug: Placebo for rosuvastatin
once daily

Detailed Description:
The accumulation of intra-abdominal fat has been suggested to be of primary importance in the development of the metabolic syndrome and associated metabolic disturbances and it has been hypothesized that a selective reduction of visceral fat tissue would improve the symptoms of the metabolic syndrome. Treatment with statins decrease levels of LDL-cholesterol and reduce coronary artery disease (CAD) events. Although it is widely accepted that the majority of benefit obtained with statins is a direct result of their lipid-lowering properties, they also demonstrate additional cholesterol-independent or pleiotropic effects. The results of experimental studies have now shown that statins decrease fat mass in the visceral region in an animal model. In the present study, we will investigate whether statins can decrease visceral obesity in humans.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male patients between 40 and 65 years of age.
  • Abdominal obesity
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Written informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Severe liver disease
  • Severely reduced renal function
  • Uncontrolled endocrine disorders
  • History of or ongoing malignant disease
  • Patients with known myopathic disease
  • Recent alcohol or drug abuse
  • Weight loss or weight gain during the three months prior to screening.
  • Ongoing treatment with statins
  • Ongoing treatment with calcineurin-inhibitors
  • Ongoing treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Received an investigational drug within 30 days prior to screening.
  • Strong clinical indication for statin treatment
  • In the Principal Investigator's opinion, the patient has other clinically significant cardiac, oncologic, neurologic or psychiatric disease that could be adversely affected by Study participation.
  • For any reason the patient is considered by the Principal Investigator to be an unsuitable candidate to participate in the Study.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01068626

Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothernburg
Gothenburg, Sweden, 413 45
Sponsors and Collaborators
Göteborg University
Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden
Study Chair: John-Olov Jansson, Prof Department of Endocrinology, University of Gothenburg
Study Chair: Claes Ohlsson, Professor Department of Clinical Pharmocology, University of Gothenburg
Study Chair: Anna Nilsson, MD, PhD Department of Endocrinology, University of Gothenburg
Principal Investigator: Kristjan Karason, MD, PhD Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine at University of Gothenburg
  More Information

Responsible Party: Göteborg University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01068626     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 990312
First Submitted: February 12, 2010
First Posted: February 15, 2010
Results First Submitted: February 7, 2011
Results First Posted: March 2, 2011
Last Update Posted: August 24, 2015
Last Verified: August 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Obesity, Abdominal
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Rosuvastatin Calcium
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors