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Dextromethorphan and Silymarin in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Patients (CKD)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified March 2010 by National Cheng-Kung University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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National Cheng-Kung University Hospital Identifier:
First received: February 9, 2010
Last updated: March 22, 2010
Last verified: March 2010
The investigators test the renal and cardiovascular protective effects dextromethorphan and silymarin on patients with the proteinuric chronic kidney diseases, who enrolled in our clinical trial, had progressing kidney diseases and merit aggressive anti-inflammatory therapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Proteinuria Drug: Dextromethorphan Drug: Silymarin Drug: sugar pill 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: The Reno-protective and Cardiovascular Effect of Dextromethorphan and Silymarin in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease

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Further study details as provided by National Cheng-Kung University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • change of eGFR [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    Use MDRD-simplified equation

  • Change of Urine TP/Cr [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
  • Change of serum hsCRP [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
  • Change of urine TGF-beta/Cr level [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    fibrotic marker of kidney

  • Endothelial function [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    by Flow-mediated dilatation mesured by Crdiovascular ultrasound

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Leukocyte ROCK activity [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    Measure leukocyte Ro kinase activity by western blotting This is an indicator of cardiovascular function

  • Blood MDA level [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    Indicator of oxidative stress

  • Blood TGF-beta [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    By Elisa

  • Urine MCP-1/Cr level [ Time Frame: 4 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 45
Study Start Date: January 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Dextromethorphan Drug: Dextromethorphan
60 mg, bid
Active Comparator: Silymarin Drug: Silymarin
150 mg , tid
Placebo Comparator: sugar pill Drug: sugar pill


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients with Stage 3 or 4 chronic kidney disease as measured by a Modification in Diet in Renal Disease Study (MDRD) estimate of between 15 ml/min and 59 ml/min and and 0.5 g/day<proteinuria<3g/day.
  2. Age between 18 and 75 years old.
  3. Patients without hospitalization for cardiac or infection related morbidity over the previous 2 months(due to the potential confounding effects on baseline study variables).
  4. Patients who are able to provide consent to participate in the study.-

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. patients will significant mental illness, pregnant women, and other vulnerable populations.
  2. Patients with active hepatic disease and/or ALT > 2.5 times upper limit of normal.
  3. Patients with history of congestive heart failure and NYHA Class III-IV symptoms at any time.
  4. Patients for whom living donor renal transplantation is already scheduled or in the process of being evaluated, as these patients will be unlikely to complete study protocols before transplantation.
  5. Patients with severe co-morbid conditions (eg, symptomatic hepatic cirrhosis, metastatic cancer, HIV infection with AIDS).
  6. Patient with active inflammatory process (eg., SLE, rheumatoid arthritis, gout) for which they are currently receiving immune modulating medications.
  7. Patients who are on corticosteroid therapy.
  8. Patients who do not consent to participate in the study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01091324

National Cheng-Kung University Hospital
Taian, Taiwan
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cheng-Kung University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Junne-Ming Sung, MD National Cheng-Kung University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Junne-Ming Sung, National Cheng Kung University Hospital (NCKUH) Identifier: NCT01091324     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HR-97-108
Study First Received: February 9, 2010
Last Updated: March 22, 2010

Keywords provided by National Cheng-Kung University Hospital:
CKD, proteinuria, dextromethorphan, silymarin
patients with 15 ml<eGFR< 60ml and 0.5 g/day<proteinuria<3g/day

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Diseases
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
Urologic Diseases
Renal Insufficiency
Urination Disorders
Urological Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Antitussive Agents
Respiratory System Agents
Excitatory Amino Acid Antagonists
Excitatory Amino Acid Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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