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Does Nifedipine 60 mg per day per os reduce the complaints of chronic chilblains.


- candidate number8595
- NTR NumberNTR2591
- ISRCTNISRCTN wordt niet meer aangevraagd.
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR31-okt-2010
- Secondary IDsNL31484.091.10 CCMO
- Public TitleDoes Nifedipine 60 mg per day per os reduce the complaints of chronic chilblains.
- Scientific TitleNifedipine and Complaints of Cronic Chilblains.
- ACRONYMNCCC
- hypothesisOral administration with regulated release of 60 mg nifedipine a day will reduce the symptoms of patients suffering from complaints of chronic chilblains, as determined in 1st. line health care, provided there is a good tolerancy of the medication.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedChilblains, Perniones, Chronis chilblains
- Inclusion criteria1. 18 years of age or older;
2. Sufficient cognitive functioning and sufficient command of the Dutch language to understand the instructions;
3. At inclusion the patient has experienced the following for a minimum of three weeks:
A. Itching and/or painful blue purple discoloration on vingers and/or toes and/or places on the foot or on the outside of the thigh (the Kibes);
B. The first onset of the complaints was in the period from November to February;
C. There could be swelling and there could be ulcerae, but these are not obligatory.
- Exclusion criteria1. Known rheumatic disorders (RA, SLE, etcetera);
2. Pregnancy;
3. Breast-feeding;
4. Use of a corticosteroid cream;
5. Hypotension (pb < 110/60);
6. Angina pectoris;
7. Recent myocardial infarction (less than one month);
8. Heartfailure;
9. Known liver or kidney function disorder;
10. Severe gastrointestinal stricture;
11. Use of rifampicine, fenytoine, cimetidine or ranitidine.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingDouble
- controlPlacebo
- groupCrossover
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-nov-2010
- planned closingdate31-mrt-2010
- Target number of participants50
- InterventionsThe intervention which is compared to the placebo consists of the oral administration 30mg nifedipine with regulated release once a day for two weeks and twice a day for four weeks.
- Primary outcomeWe consider the intervention effective if a reduction of the experienced complaints is discovered, displayed in a decline of the score "complaint" with at least 10 mm on the visual analogue scale concerned. "Complaint" is defind as Max (itch,pain): the Vas score for itch or pain, depending on the highest score.
- Secondary outcomeSecondary we register scores for impairment and the experienced side effects, skin irritation, and symptoms of skin atrophy: purpurae, inclination to bleed and depigmentation.
- TimepointsRegime 1:
1. 1 week no medication;
2. 2 weeks placebo once a day and 4 weeks placebo twice a day;
3. 2 weeks nifedipine 30 mg regulated release once a day and 4 weeks nifedipine 30 mg regulated release twice a day.

Regime 2:
1. 1 week no medication;
2. 2 weeks nifedipine 30 mg regulated release once a day and 4 weeks nifedipine 30 mg regulated release twice a day;
3. 2 weeks placebo once a day and 4 weeks placebo twice a day.

The measuring instrument is a diary kept up to date daily by the participant for the complete research period. Experienced perniones complaints (itch or pain) and limitations in daily life are scored daily. For the complete research period of each individual patient the exposure to cold is registered by asking for the average day temperature as measured in "de Bilt" at the KNMI.
There are 6 contact moments: Intake (t1), end of week 1 (t2), end of week 3 (t3), end of week 7 (t4), end of week 9 (t5) and end of week 13 (t6).
Control and correction on the completeness of the diary and the consistency of the therapy used is performed by counting the tablets that are left. During controls at t2-t6 Blood pressure and pulsrate are monitored.
- Trial web siteN/A
- statusstopped: trial finished
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIES I.H. Souwer
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIES I.H. Souwer
- Sponsor/Initiator Radboud University Nijmegen General Practice/Family Medicine/Women’s Studies Medicine
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
- Publications1. Souwer IH, Lagro-Janssen ALM. Perniones. Winterhanden, Wintertenen en ‘Winterdijen’. HuisartsWet 2004;47:594-6.
2. Souwer IH, Lagro-Janssen ALM. De behandeling van perniones. Een literatuurstudie. Huisarts Wet 2004;47 (12):561-4.
3. I.H Souwer, L.J.H.Robins, A.L.M. Lagro-Janssen. Chilblains from the patient’s perspective. Eur J Gen Pract 2007;13:159-60.
4. Souwer IH, Lagro-Janssen ALM. Vitamin D3 is not effective in the treatment of chronic chilblains. Int J Clin Pract 2009;63:282-286.
- Brief summaryBackground of the study:
Chilblained hands, toes and thighs form an acute and clinical picture labelled as perniones. Chronic perniones is a nasty and painful disorder often returning every winter and can cause considerable limitations in every day life. Little is known about nature and treatment. There is uncertainty about incidence and prevalence. Data of the Continual Morbidity Registration point to four new cases per GP per year, mostly women. Prevalence is probably significantly higher, also in our experience so far.
There is limited evidence for three interventions: Vitamin D3, nifedipine and corticosteroďd cream.
We have already proven the unlikeliness of a positive effect of Vitamin D3.
Indications for possible positve effects of nifedipine are described in only one publication with a randomized clinical trial of 10 participants and a open trial of 34 participants and therefore aren't very strong. As patients with perniones do have a need or effective treatment to relieve them from their complaints and limitations we are of the opinion that it is useful investigate the possible effectiveness of nifedipine in more detail.

Objective of the study:
Research question: Does oral administration with regulated release of 60 mg nifedipine a day reduce the symptoms of patients as determined in 1st. line health care, provided there is a good tolerancy of the medication.

Study design:
This research has been set up as an RCT of the cross over type. A group of 50 perniones patients is randomised over two sub groups. After one week of baseline measurements withhout intervention, they are treated with nifedipine or a placebo for 6 weeks in turns, blindfold to the patient and researcher. The duration of the research is 13 weeks for each patient. The most important confounder, exposure to cold, is monitored by asking for the twenty-four hours data of "de Bilt" at the Royal Duch Meteorological Institute KNMI and specific questions at intake.

Analysis:
A statistical analysis will be performed with a repeated measures mixed effects model. The effect of a possible change in temperature will be taken into account. An intention to treat analysis will take place. A check on the consistent use of the therapy will be done by counting forgotten tablets.

Power measurement:
In previous research we found baseline VAS scores for complaint of 27.97 millimeter (SD 18.82mm) on average. We regard the intervention effective when the VAS score has dropped by 10 millimeter or more. For the power measurement we took a paired T-test as a baseline. With one measurement per person for medication and placebo this is a considerable simplification of the real test. Repeated measurements allow less participants, which is more favourable. At alpha =0.05, beta=0.10 (power 90%) and an effect of 10mm VAS 38 patients are required to show a significant difference between the treatment with nifedipine and the placebo.

We do not expect major side effects.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD31-okt-2010 - 17-mrt-2015


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