Addition of Prednisolone and Heparin in Patients Undergoing IVF With Failed IVF Cycles

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Verified April 2016 by National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Siristatidis Charalampos, MD, PhD, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Identifier:
First received: April 30, 2012
Last updated: April 6, 2016
Last verified: April 2016
The addition of heparin and prednisolone increases pregnancy outcome parameters in women undergoing In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) with failed IVF cycles.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Prednisolone and Heparin during COH for IVF
Drug: COH for IVF
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by National and Kapodistrian University of Athens:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • no of oocytes retrieved [ Time Frame: through study completion, an average of 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • clinical pregnancy rate [ Time Frame: finding of a fetal heart at >6 gestational weeks / 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • miscarriage rate [ Time Frame: through study completion, an average of 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • live birth rate [ Time Frame: through study completion, an average of 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: January 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Prednisolone and Heparin during COH for IVF Drug: Prednisolone and Heparin during COH for IVF
Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH) (Enoxaparin Sodium, Clexane, Sanofi-Aventis, Australia) at a dose of 1 mg/kg/day and 5 mg prednisolone p.os (Prezolon; Nycomed Hellas SA) were to be initiated on the first day of injections in both protocols until the pregnancy test. In cases of pregnancy, prednisolone and enoxaparin were to be continued up to the 12th and 34th week, respectively
Active Comparator: COH for IVF Drug: COH for IVF
Both GnRH agonists (long, starting at day 2 or 21) with Triptorelin acetate 0.1 mg (Gonapetpyl daily; Ferring, Kiel, Germany) and antagonists' with ganirelix 0.25 mg (Orgalutran; Organon, Oss, The Netherlands) or cetrorelix 0.25 mg (Cetrotide; Serono, Rome, Italy) protocols will be used; for ovarian stimulation both recombinant FSH (Puregon; Organon, Oss, Netherlands or Gonal F; Serono, Rome, Italy) and human menopausal gonadotrophin (Menopur; Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Langley, Berkshire, UK) will be used. Ovarian response will be monitored by ultrasonography, oocyte retrieval will be performed 36-38 hours after the hCG triggering and for luteal phase support 600 mg progesterone tablets (Utrogestan; Laboratoires Besins- Iscovesco, Paris, France) or gel 8% intravaginally (Vasclor; Verisfield Ltd, UK) will be applied.


Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years to 45 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • personal history of ≥2 failed IVF/ICSI cycles
  • age <45 years
  • availability of fresh ejaculate sperm for IVF/ICSI procedures
  • confirmation of normal uterine cavity
  • presence of good quality (Grade I or II) embryos for transfer

Exclusion Criteria:

  • endocrine disorders
  • immune disorders
  • coagulation disorders
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01590173

Contact: Charalampos Siristatidis, MD, PhD

3rd Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Recruiting
Athens, Chaidari, Attica, Greece, 12642
Contact: Dimitrios Kassanos, Professor   
Contact: Charalampos , Chrelias    210 5832286 ext 0030      
Sub-Investigator: Dimitrios Kassanos, Professor         
Sub-Investigator: Charalampos Chrelias, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  More Information

Responsible Party: Siristatidis Charalampos, MD, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Director of the IVF Unit, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Identifier: NCT01590173     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 123123 
Study First Received: April 30, 2012
Last Updated: April 6, 2016
Health Authority: Greece: National Organization of Medicines

Keywords provided by National and Kapodistrian University of Athens:
Low molecular weight heparin
Recurrent implantation failure
Pregnancy rate

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Calcium heparin
Heparin, Low-Molecular-Weight
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Methylprednisolone acetate
Prednisolone acetate
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Autonomic Agents
Fibrin Modulating Agents
Fibrinolytic Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neuroprotective Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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