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Atkins Diet for Difficult-to-Control Headaches in Teenagers

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: September 16, 2005
Last Update Posted: July 2, 2009
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Johns Hopkins University
This is a 3-month pilot study of 10 adolescents with chronic daily headache. Teens will be placed on a modified Atkins diet and followed with 2 subsequent visits to assess for headache improvement.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Daily Headache Behavioral: Modified Atkins diet Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Use of the Atkins Diet for Adolescents With Chronic Daily Headache.

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Further study details as provided by Johns Hopkins University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Headaches [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Ketosis [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Diet duration [ Time Frame: as long as tolerated ]
  • Quality of life (PedsMIDAS) [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: September 2005
Study Completion Date: June 2009
Primary Completion Date: June 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Modified Atkins diet
    15 grams of carbohydrates per day - high fat diet
Detailed Description:
Patients are placed on the diet and followed with various measures for 3 months. If the diet is helpful it is continued. Patients are still being enrolled as of 9/6/06.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 19 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ages 12-19
  • Minimum 15 headaches/month for at least 3 months
  • Tried 2 preventative medications previously

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior use of the Atkins diet for more than 1 week
  • Pregnancy
  • Significant heart or kidney disease
  • Dangerously underweight
  • Using acute pain medications more than 11 days in the past month
  • Medications being changed
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00181064

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21287
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Eric H Kossoff, MD Johns Hopkins University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Eric Kossoff, Johns Hopkins University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00181064     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 05-08-10-04
First Submitted: September 9, 2005
First Posted: September 16, 2005
Last Update Posted: July 2, 2009
Last Verified: June 2009

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Headache Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases