AIDS Wasting in Women: Anabolic Effects of Testosterone

This study has been completed.
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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Identifier:
First received: August 8, 2000
Last updated: February 12, 2010
Last verified: February 2010
The study is a 6 month, placebo-controlled study of transdermal testosterone for women with HIV-associated weight loss. Women with AIDS wasting have been found to have low testosterone levels. This study is designed to test the efficacy of physiologic testosterone dosing to improve weight, muscle mass and quality of life indices, including energy level, appetite and libido, in androgen deficient women with AIDS wasting. After 6 months, all women receive open label transdermal testosterone for an additional 6 months.

Condition Intervention Phase
AIDS Wasting Syndrome
Drug: Testosterone
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK):

Study Start Date: September 1998
Study Completion Date: December 2004

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Females using acceptable form of birth control during study, including barrier contraception or IUD but excluding oral contraceptives or Depo-Provera
  • Documented HIV infection
  • Free testosterone level 3.0 pg/mL
  • Weight < 90% or weight loss > 10% of pre-illness weight

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or actively seeking pregnancy
  • Breast feeding
  • New opportunistic infection diagnosed within 4 weeks of the study
  • Requiring parenteral nutrition or pharmacologic glucocorticoid therapy
  • Intractable diarrhea (6 stools/day)
  • Androgen, estrogen, progestational derivative, or glucocorticoid administration within 3 months of the study, including Megace
  • New retroviral therapy within 6 weeks of study
  • SGOT > 5 X normal and/or clinically significant liver disease
  • Creatinine > 2.0 mg/dL and/or clinically significant renal disease
  • Hgb < 8.0 g/dL
  • Active substance abuse or alcoholism
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00006158

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Principal Investigator: Steven Grinspoon, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00006158     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: anabole (completed)  DK54167 
Study First Received: August 8, 2000
Last Updated: February 12, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK):
weight loss
Wasting Syndrome
androgen levels

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Wasting Syndrome
Wasting Syndrome
Body Weight
Body Weight Changes
HIV Infections
Immune System Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Lentivirus Infections
Metabolic Diseases
Nutrition Disorders
RNA Virus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Signs and Symptoms
Virus Diseases
Weight Loss
Testosterone 17 beta-cypionate
Testosterone enanthate
Testosterone undecanoate
Anabolic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists processed this record on May 22, 2016