Effect of NAC on Sleep Apnea
Recruitment status was: Not yet recruiting
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Background Cardiovascular disease is the commonest cause of morbidity and mortality in chronic dialysis patients . Sleep studies in ESRD patients have identified increased prevalence of sleep apnea (SA), both obstructive (OSA) and central (CSA) in origin . The reported prevalence of SA in patients with ESRD ranges from 50% to 70% , which is dramatically higher than the estimated prevalence of 2% to 4% in the general population . SA has been recognized as a novel risk factor for cardiovascular disease in general population . Recent evidence showed that severity of SA in hemodialysis patients is associated with severity of coronary artery calcifications . Underlying mechanisms by which SA adversely affects cardiovascular morbidity and mortality have not been fully established yet. The presence of untreated SA may further impair fluid balance, cardiovascular function and increase mortality through abnormal vagal or sympatomimetic responces and hypoxia . One intriguing possibility is oxidative stress, which has been implicated in cardiovascular disease in patients with ESRD . Recent study demonstrated association between SA and decreased antioxidant status in hemodialysis patients . Repeated apnea-related hypoxic events in patients with SA may trigger elevated oxidative stress .
In general population, the treatment of SA with CPAP improves oxygenation during sleep and quality of life . In the ESRD population, CPAP was used in a very preliminary study on 8 patients with some improvement in nocturnal oxygenation and 5 of 6 patients reported improved daytime alertness . Unfortunately, CPAP application itself may be stressful, poorly tolerated and so disturb night sleep.
Hanly and Pierratos suggested that SA in hemodialysis patients may be a consequence of inadequate treatment of uremia by standard 4-hours thrice-weekly HD procedure . This group reported that intensive nocturnal HD for 8 hours 6-7 times per week reduced the severity of SA, although their patients continued to suffer from frequent arousals, diminished sleep time, REM sleep and sleep efficiency . Restoration of normal kidney function by transplantation may lead to reversal of SA [13, 14].
Several experimental and clinical studies showed that increased oxidative stress in dialysis patients may be due to inhibition of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis by ADMA (Asymmetric Dimethylarginine ), known to be endogenous inhibitor of NO synthetase . ADMA may be significantly reduced by dialysis . Metabolism of ADMA is primarily by the enzyme DDAH , which activity is decreased by inflammation, oxidative stress, diabetes mellitus and hypercholesterolemia [17 ]. It was proposed that circulating ADMA may be one mechanism accounting for the resistant hypertension and overfluid in dialysis patients [17 ].
Based on current knowledge, treatment aimed at reducing oxidative stress should decrease ADMA levels [17 ], and it is logical to suggest that such a therapy might improve SA in HD patients. One preliminary study on effect of antioxidant Vitamin E showed a small beneficial effect on ADMA in chronic kidney disease [19 ].
In our opinion, it is worth to check an ability of antioxidant therapy to produce a favorable effect on parameters of SA in dialysis patients.
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is an active antioxidant proved to be safe and beneficial in hemodialysis patents . In our recent study, NAC effectively reduced the ototoxic effect of gentamicin in chronic hemodialysis patients [20, 21]. Cheap and safe drug therapy may appear more cost effective than such resource consuming therapies as CPAP and not readily available treatments as prolong every night hemodialysis or kidney transplantation.
The aim of our study is to investigate the effect of N-acetylsysteine on SA in HD patients.
Methods. Study population. The study will include 20 patients with ESRD, treated with chronic hemodialysis in Assaf Harofeh Medical Center and suffering from sleep disturbances, such as frequent arousals, snoring, daytime sleepiness.
Patients will be excluded from the study if they are:
- Recently started treated with chronic dialysis: less than 3 months.
- Survived recent major illness, requiring hospitalisation in the last 3 months.
- Patients with acute renal failure
- Currently treated with antioxidants ( NAC, vitamin E ets.)
- Current use of sleep pills Study protocol. We planned this study as a prospective cross-sectional study where every patient will serve as his/her own control. Al the patients will continue their previous dialysis and drugs regimen. The presence and severity of SA will be accessed using the overnight polysomnography in the Sleep Laboratory.
After performance of baseline overnight polysomnography the patients will receive orally NAC 1200 mg x 2/day for 4 weeks. At the end of this therapy, a follow up overnight polysomnography examination will be performed.
The clinical monitoring of all the patients will include:
- Blood Pressure and Heart Rate - at each dialysis session 3 times a week. .
- Review of medications and doses.
- Body weight - at each dialysis session 3 times a week
- Dialysis adequacy: Kt/V at study start and end.
- Biochemical studies: full chemistry, bicarbonate, ADMA, DDAH, NO - both at baseline and follow up visits.
Statistical analysis The statistical analysis will be performed using the statistical software SPSS-version 10. Parametric data will be expressed as means ± standard deviation and compared by the standard t-test. Non-parametric data will be compared using chi square test. p value of 0.05 or less will be considered significant.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00592618
|Nephrology Division, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center|
|Zerifin, Israel, 70300|
|Principal Investigator:||Leonid S Feldman, MD||Assaf Harofeh MC|