Hydrocortisone Replacement in Patients With Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency (SUPREME CORT)
Information source: University Medical Center Groningen
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Condition(s) targeted: Adrenal Insufficiency
Intervention: Hydrocortisone (Drug)
Phase: Phase 4
Sponsored by: University Medical Center Groningen
Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
André P van Beek, Dr., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University Medical Center Groningen
The aim of this study is to investigate whether a physiologically low hydrocortisone (HC)
dose is better for cognition as compared to a physiologically high HC dose. In addition,
quality of life, metabolic profile and somatosensation will be described in relation to HC
Official title: A Randomized Double Blind Cross-over Study of the Effects of Low Dose and High Dose Hydrocortisone Replacement Therapy on Cognition, Quality of Life, Metabolic Profile and Somatosensation in Patients With Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency
Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Primary outcome: Change in Cognition After 10 Weeks of Treatment With a Low Dose of Hydrocortisone Compared to 10 Weeks of Treatment With a High Dose of Hydrocortisone.
Change in Quality of Life After 10 Weeks of Treatment With a Low Dose of Hydrocortisone Compared to 10 Weeks of Treatment With a High Dose of Hydrocortisone.
Change in Metabolic Profile After 10 Weeks of Treatment With a Low Dose of Hydrocortisone Compared to 10 Weeks of Treatment With a High Dose of Hydrocortisone.
Change in Somatosensation After 10 Weeks of Treatment With a Low Dose of Hydrocortisone Compared to 10 Weeks of Treatment With a High Dose of Hydrocortisone.
Change in Perceived Common Somatic Complaints After 10 Weeks of Treatment With a Low Dose of Hydrocortisone Compared to 10 Weeks of Treatment With a High Dose of Hydrocortisone.
- Rationale: A wide variety in hydrocortisone (HC) substitution dose-regimens are
considered physiological for patients with adrenal insufficiency. However, it is likely
that cognition is negatively influenced by higher cortisol exposure to the brain. No
studies have been performed to assess the effects of treatment regimens with a low
physiological HC substitution dose on cognition in comparison to a high physiological
HC substitution dose. These treatment regimens should take body weight and multiple
dosing into account. In addition, substitution doses should be monitored by clinical
evaluation and biochemical analysis for adverse effects associated with over- or
- Intervention: Patients with secondary adrenal insufficiency will be randomized in two
groups to receive either a low dose HC (0. 2-0. 3 mg/kg body weight) for 10 weeks
followed by 10 weeks of high dose HC (0. 4-0. 6 mg/kg body weight) or vice versa. At
baseline and after both treatment periods, patients will be tested.
Minimum age: 18 Years.
Maximum age: 75 Years.
- Patients with secondary adrenal insufficiency.
- Age ≥ 18 - 75 years
- ≥ One year after tumor treatment with surgery and/or radiotherapy
- On stable concomitant medications for at least six months prior to entry of study
- Body weight 50-100 kg
- Inability of legal consent
- Documented cognitive impairment
- Drug abuse/dependence
- History of / current psychiatric disorders
- Use of anti-epileptics (e. g. carbamezapine)
- Cushing Disease
- Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes with medication known to induce hypoglycemia (f. e.
- Current treatment for second malignancy
- Have a significant medical condition (e. g. hepatic, respiratory, or cardiovascular)
which, in the opinion of the investigator, may interfere with the interpretation of
results and safety or efficacy evaluations.
- A history of frequent hypocortisolism
- Hospitalization during study
- Work in shifts
Locations and Contacts
University Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen 9700RB, Netherlands
Starting date: February 2012
Last updated: June 10, 2014