Phase 1/2 Prospective Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Randomized Clinical Trial Using Losartan to Treat Grade II and III Hamstring Strains

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    James J. Irrgang
Updated on 24 March 2022


The goal of this study is to determine safety and tolerability of Losartan when used for treatment of an acute grade II or III hamstring strain and determining the effect of losartan on recovery of hamstring muscle function. Subjects will be adults age 18 and older with grade 2 or 3 hamstring injury who participate in greater than 100 hours per year in Level 1 or Level 2 athletics or have a similar activities or physical work load (e.g. military personnel). Subjects will undergo examination, MRI, and functional assessment before, during, and after 4 weeks of losartan (50mg QD) or placebo.

Condition Hamstring Injury
Treatment Placebo, losartan
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02263729
SponsorJames J. Irrgang
Last Modified on24 March 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

18 years of age and older
Have had grade II or III hamstring injury within the 7 days prior to enrollment
Greater than 100 hours per year in Level I (football, basketball, or soccer) or Level II (racquet sports, skiing, manual labor occupations/heavy physical work) and activities that require running and sprinting
Agree to take study medications as prescribed

Exclusion Criteria

Have had previous hamstring injury on the same side or chronic symptoms
Have an injury that requires surgical intervention (e.g. avulsion with associated bony involvement, grade III complete tears)
Have concurrent lower back symptoms
Pregnant or breast feeding
Is a smoker
Has contraindications for Losartan therapy (hypersensitivity to Losartan, hepatic involvement)
Currently use angiotensin I converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI)/ Angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB)
Have hypertension (blood pressure greater than or equal to 140 mmHg systolic pressure or greater than or equal to 90 mmHg diastolic pressure)
Have hypotension (blood pressure less than or equal to 90 mmHg systolic pressure or less than or equal to 60 mmHg diastolic pressure)
Have orthostatic hypotension defined as a drop in systolic pressure greater than or equal to 2 0mmHg or a drop in diastolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 10 mmHg or reports of lightheadedness or dizziness upon standing
Have diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular, renal or hepatic co-morbidities
Have contraindications for MRI - including
Prior surgery for an aneurysm
Have cardiac pacemaker
Have metal fragments in the eyes, brain, or spinal cord from shrapnel, metal work, or welding
Have surgical implants, such as ear implant or neurostimulator
Have a history of claustrophobia
Have a history of not tolerating previous MRI scans without medication
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