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The Effects of Spironolactone on Calcineurin Inhibitor Induced Nephrotoxicity

Information source: Odense University Hospital
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Condition(s) targeted: Disorder Related to Renal Transplantation

Intervention: Spironolactone (Drug); placebo (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Enrolling by invitation

Sponsored by: Odense University Hospital

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Claus Bistrup, MD, ph.d., Study Director, Affiliation: Dep. of Nephrology, Odense University Hospital


The purpose of this study is to assess whether the diuretic drug spironolactone can prevent chronic damage to transplanted kidneys caused by the medication that prevents rejection. Spironolactone prevents the effects of the hormone aldosterone. Aldosterone is suspected of being involved in the processes leading to chronic rejection of transplanted kidneys. Hence, by blocking the effects of aldosterone we hope to be able to prevent loss of kidney function in transplant patients.

Clinical Details

Official title: The Effects of Spironolactone on Calcineurin Inhibitor Induced Nephrotoxicity

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention

Primary outcome: Improved Cr EDTA clearance

Secondary outcome:

Reduced urine protein levels

Reduced fibrosis

Reduced blood pressure

Cardiovascular events

Detailed description: AIM: The purpose of this study is to assess whether spironolactone can prevent the formation of fibrosis in transplanted kidneys. BACKGROUND: Calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) are one of the cornerstones of immunosuppressive therapy after kidney transplantation. The introduction of CNI has caused a significant decrease in acute rejections. However, CNI also have known side effects. These include the formation of tubulointerstitial fibrosis in the transplanted kidney, contributing over time to impaired kidney function and reduced graft survival. The mineralocorticoid aldosterone may be involved in the development of renal fibrosis. Recent observations suggest that aldosterone plays a central role in the pathogenesis of CNI nephrotoxicity and that the mineralocorticoid-receptor-blocker spironolactone could be a useful agent to prevent it. METHODS: This study is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study in which 170 renal transplant patients will be recruited from two nephrological departments in Southern Denmark. Patients will be randomized to three years of treatment with either spironolactone or placebo added to the standard immunosuppressive treatment. Renal graft biopsies, various molecular tests of tissue, blood and urine, chrome-EDTA clearance, 24-hour bloodpressure measurement and blood samples will be performed at inclusion, after 1 year, 2 years and upon completion.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Age > 18 years 2. Proteinuria < 3 g/24 hours 3. Creatinine clearance ≥ 30 mL/min 4. S-Potassium < 5,5 mmol/L 5. Negative pregnancy test at the inclusion and anticonception Exclusion Criteria: 1. Intolerance to spironolactone 2. Creatinine clearance < 30 ml/min 3. S-Potassium ≥ 5,5 mmol/L 4. Resin or digoxine treatment 5. Pregnancy or planned pregnancy 6. Relevant organic, systemic or mental illness 7. Anticipation of lack of compliance or understanding the study

Locations and Contacts

Odense University Hospital, Odense C 5000, Denmark
Additional Information

Starting date: February 2013
Last updated: January 23, 2014

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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