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Lamotrigine in Treating Peripheral Neuropathy Caused by Chemotherapy in Patients With Cancer

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00068445
First Posted: September 11, 2003
Last Update Posted: July 14, 2016
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Collaborator:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
  Purpose

RATIONALE: Lamotrigine may be effective in reducing pain, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. It is not yet known whether lamotrigine is effective in treating peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying how well lamotrigine works in reducing pain, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms of peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy in patients with cancer.


Condition Intervention Phase
Neurotoxicity Pain Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific Drug: lamotrigine Other: Placebo Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: The Efficacy of Lamotrigine in the Management of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Phase III Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduction of pain and symptoms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy [ Time Frame: Up to 1 week post-treatment ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall quality of life [ Time Frame: Up to 1 week post-treatment ]

Enrollment: 131
Study Start Date: February 2004
Study Completion Date: November 2013
Primary Completion Date: May 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm I - lamotrigine

Patients receive oral lamotrigine once daily for 2 weeks and then twice daily for 8 weeks. Treatment continues for 10 weeks in the absence of unacceptable toxicity.

Quality of life, pain, mood states, and symptom distress are assessed at baseline and at 4, 6, 8, and 10 weeks.

Patients are followed at 3-7 days.

Drug: lamotrigine
Arm II - placebo

Patients receive oral placebo once daily for 2 weeks and then twice daily for 8 weeks.

Treatment continues for 10 weeks in the absence of unacceptable toxicity.

Quality of life, pain, mood states, and symptom distress are assessed at baseline and at 4, 6, 8, and 10 weeks.

Patients are followed at 3-7 days.

Other: Placebo

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES:

  • Compare the efficacy of lamotrigine vs placebo in reducing pain and symptoms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in patients with cancer.
  • Compare symptom distress, mood states, functional abilities, and overall quality of life of patients treated with these agents.
  • Determine the toxic effects of lamotrigine in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Patients are stratified according to neurotoxic chemotherapy received (taxanes vs platinum-based compounds vs vinca alkaloids vs combination vs other), status of neurotoxic chemotherapy (actively receiving therapy vs discontinued or completed), and duration of pain or neuropathy symptoms (1-3 months vs 3-6 months vs more than 6 months). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Diagnosis of cancer
  • Received, or are currently receiving, neurotoxic chemotherapy, including any of the following:

    • Taxanes (e.g., paclitaxel or docetaxel)
    • Platinum-based compounds (e.g., carboplatin, cisplatin, or oxaliplatin)
    • Vinca alkaloids (e.g., vincristine or vinblastine)
  • Experiencing pain or symptoms of peripheral neuropathy for at least 1 month attributed to chemotherapy

    • Average daily pain rating of at least 4 out of 10 OR
    • Peripheral neuropathy at least grade 1 out of 3 using ECOG sensory neuropathy rating

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

Age

  • 18 and over

Life expectancy

  • At least 6 months

Hepatic

  • Bilirubin < 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)

Renal

  • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 times ULN

Other

  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No prior allergic reaction or intolerance to lamotrigine
  • No extreme difficulty swallowing pills
  • No other identified causes of painful paresthesia preceding chemotherapy, including any of the following:

    • Radiation or malignant plexopathy
    • Lumbar or cervical radiculopathy
    • Pre-existing peripheral neuropathy of another etiology, such as any of the following:

      • Cyanocobalamin deficiency
      • AIDS
      • Monoclonal gammopathy
      • Diabetes
      • Heavy metal poisoning amyloidosis
      • Syphilis
      • Hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism
      • Inherited neuropathy
  • No significant psychiatric illness (e.g., mania, psychosis, or schizophrenia) that would preclude study participation
  • Able to complete questionnaires

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

Chemotherapy

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • More than 7 days since prior methotrexate or other dihydrofolate inhibitors

Other

  • More than 7 days since prior, and no concurrent use of any of the following:

    • Tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, nortriptyline, or desipramine)

      • Concurrent selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors allowed
    • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
    • Opioid analgesics
    • Anticonvulsants (e.g., gabapentin, topiramate, valproic acid, or clonazepam)
    • Adjuvant analgesics (e.g., mexiletine)

      • Prior nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs allowed
    • Topical analgesics (e.g., lidocaine gel or patch) to the affected area
    • Amifostine
  • More than 30 days since prior investigational agents for pain control
  • No other concurrent investigational agents for pain control
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00068445


  Show 23 Study Locations
Sponsors and Collaborators
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Investigators
Study Chair: Ravi D. Rao, MD, MBBS Mayo Clinic
  More Information

Publications:
Renno SI, Rao RD, Sloan J, et al.: The efficacy of lamotrigine in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: a phase III randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled NCCTG trial, N01C3. [Abstract] J Clin Oncol 24 (Suppl 18): A-8530, 475s, 2006.

Responsible Party: Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00068445     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NCCTG-N01C3
CDR0000322830 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
First Submitted: September 10, 2003
First Posted: September 11, 2003
Last Update Posted: July 14, 2016
Last Verified: July 2016

Keywords provided by Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology:
neurotoxicity
pain
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neurotoxicity Syndromes
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Poisoning
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Lamotrigine
Anticonvulsants
Calcium Channel Blockers
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Excitatory Amino Acid Antagonists
Excitatory Amino Acid Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Blockers
Sodium Channel Blockers