A Study Comparing Megestrol Acetate at 800 mg/Day, and Placebo in AIDS Patients With Anorexia and Cachexia

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Status and phase

Completed
Phase 3

Conditions

Anorexia
Cachexia
HIV Infections

Treatments

Drug: Megestrol acetate

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Industry

Identifiers

NCT00002067
MEG8809
025B

Details and patient eligibility

About

To compare the effects of megestrol acetate and placebo on body weight, anorexia, cachexia, calorie intake, and nutritional parameters of patients with a confirmed diagnosis of AIDS. To determine whether megestrol acetate relative to placebo improves the perception of well-being among AIDS patients with cachexia. To evaluate megestrol acetate's effect on immune function via skin test reactivity, T4/T8 ratio, and total lymphocytes.

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion Criteria

Patient must have:

  • Confirmed diagnosis of AIDS (CDC definition).
  • Documented weight loss or anorexia.
  • Life expectancy = or > 20 weeks.
  • The perception that the weight loss is a detriment to their well-being.
  • Ability to provide informed consent, read and write English.

Exclusion Criteria

Co-existing Condition:

Patients with the following conditions are excluded:

  • Dementia or evidence of mental incompetence which would preclude compliance with the protocol.
  • Severe diarrhea defined as 5 or more watery stools per day for at least 7 days.
  • Active uncontrolled systemic infections at the start of treatment.
  • Patients may not be entered for at least 2 weeks after acute infection.
  • Clinical or radiologic evidence of ascites or pleural effusions.

Patients with the following are excluded:

  • Obstruction to food intake or impaired digestive/absorptive functions.
  • Contraindications to megestrol acetate (poorly controlled hypertension or heart failure or deep vein thrombosis).
  • Inability to consent or be available for close follow-up.
  • Active systemic infections at the start of treatment.
  • Clinical or radiologic evidence of ascites or pleural effusions.
  • Patients who have been hospitalized or have suffered an exacerbation of their illness associated with weight loss within the past 2 weeks are excluded.
  • Menstruating female patients are excluded.

Prior Medication:

Excluded:

  • Corticosteroids.
  • Anabolic steroids.
  • Marijuana.
  • Megestrol acetate.
  • Patients who have been started on zidovudine (AZT) within 8 weeks. (Patients may have been previously treated with AZT and failed or may currently be receiving AZT for at least 8 weeks.)

Patients may not be started on any therapy designed to treat the underlying HIV infection or which may have a major impact on appetite and/or weight gain.

Patients who have been started on zidovudine (AZT) within 8 weeks. (Patients may have been previously treated with AZT and failed or may currently be receiving AZT for at least 8 weeks.)

History of substance abuse and questionable current and future abstinence.

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