Rosuvastatin for Hepatitis C
Objective: Determine if maximum doses of rosuvastatin are safe in patients infected with hepatitis C and if the so called pleiotropic effects of rosuvastatin cause a decrease in the HCV viral load.
Primary study parameters: 1. to which extend causes rosuvastatin serious side effects like rhabdomyolysis and hepatotoxicity in patients chronically infected with hepatitis C? 2. does treatment with rosuvastatin in HCV infected patients lead to lower HCV-RNA viral load? 3. Is a decrease in LDL correlated to a decrease in HCV-RNA load?
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Treatment With Rosuvastatin in Patients With Hepatitis C|
- occurrence of serious side effects like rhabdomyolysis and hepatotoxicity during treatment
- decrease of HCV-RNA viral load during treatment
- decrease of LDL during treatment
|Study Start Date:||October 2006|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||October 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||October 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Study design: it's a pilot study in which the patients form their own control group. A total of 10 patients will be included. To evaluate the effect of maximum doses of rosuvastatin on liver function and side effects, first 2 patients will be treated and evaluated. If they experience no serious adverse events then a further 8 patients will be included. The dose of rosuvastatin will be increased over a period of 4 weeks.
Intervention: based on experience in treating dyslipidemia, gradually increasing the dose of rosuvastatin diminishes the experienced side effects and decreases the chances of developing hepatotoxicity. Therefore in this study we chose to increase the dose (see flowchart). Patients will start with 5 mg a day wich will be increased after 1 week to 10 mg per day. After the second week of therapy a further increase to 20 mg per day is executed. This dose will be given for another 2 weeks. At week 4 of treatment a further increase to 40 mg is done.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00371579
|University Medical Center Utrecht|
|Utrecht, Netherlands, 3584 CX|
|Principal Investigator:||I.M. Hoepelman, Professor||UMC Utrecht|
|Principal Investigator:||H. Lokhorst, MD PhD||UMC Utrecht|