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Statin/Vitamin D & Migraine Study

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Rami Burstein, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier:
First received: September 30, 2010
Last updated: December 17, 2015
Last verified: December 2015

The investigators are studying if taking simvastatin and vitamin D together will help prevent episodic migraines. Simvastatin is an FDA approved drug that is typically used to treat high cholesterol and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. Vitamin D is a vitamin found in certain foods like some types of fish, and in nutritional supplements. This study is 9 months long. Some people who participate will receive simvastatin and vitamin D, and some people will receive a placebo. A placebo is a "sugar pill" that looks like medication but does not have any active ingredients in it.

The investigators hypothesize that taking vitamin D and simvastatin daily may reduce the number of migraines people who have episodic migraine get.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Simvastatin
Dietary Supplement: Vitamin D
Other: Placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Combined Statin and Vitamin D Therapy for Prophylactic Treatment of Episodic Migraine

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Further study details as provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Migraine Frequency: Change From Baseline 12-week Period to Weeks 1 to 12 [ Time Frame: Weeks 1 to 12 ]
  • Migraine Frequency: Change From Baseline 12-week Period to Weeks 13 to 24 [ Time Frame: Weeks 13 to 24 ]

Enrollment: 89
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: January 2015
Primary Completion Date: January 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Simvastatin and vitamin D
Participants in this arm will receive simvastatin + vitamin D.
Drug: Simvastatin
simvastatin, 20 mg, twice daily for 6 months
Dietary Supplement: Vitamin D
Vitamin D3, 1000 IU, twice daily for 6 months
Placebo Comparator: Placebo "Sugar Pill"
Participants in this arm will take placebo pills, which look like the simvastatin and vitamin D. A placebo pill has no active medication in it, and is like taking a "sugar pill".
Other: Placebo
Two placebo pills, taken twice daily for 6 months


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18 years or older
  • Have had migraines for at least 3 years
  • Have between 4 and 15 migraines a month
  • Able to speak and read the English language

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Women who are pregnant or nursing, or planning on becoming pregnant in the next 10 months
  • Individuals who have a had a heart attack, stroke, peripheral artery disease, atherosclerotic aortic disease, carotid artery disease, or diabetes
  • individuals at high risk for cardiovascular disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01225263

United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rami Burstein
Principal Investigator: Catherine Buettner, MD, MPH Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Study Director: Rami Burstein, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Rami Burstein, Professor, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier: NCT01225263     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010P000118
Study First Received: September 30, 2010
Results First Received: December 17, 2015
Last Updated: December 17, 2015

Keywords provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
Migraine disorders
Vitamin D

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Migraine Disorders
Headache Disorders, Primary
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vitamin D
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Bone Density Conservation Agents
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
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