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To Determine the Effect of Forlax® Treatment in Children With Chronic Constipation Who May Also Suffer From Soiling/ Faecal Incontinence.

This study has been completed.
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Ipsen Identifier:
First received: November 17, 2005
Last updated: June 3, 2008
Last verified: June 2008
The purpose of this study is to determine whether Forlax® is more effective than placebo in relieving chronic constipation in children who may also suffer from soiling or faecal incontinence.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Constipation Drug: PEG 4000 (Forlax®) Drug: Lactulose active and Lactulose placebo Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Polyethylene Glycol Laxative (Macrogol 4000;Forlax®) for Treatment of Chronic Constipation in Children : A Phase III, Bicentric, Randomized, Double-Blind, Lactulose Controlled Study.

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Further study details as provided by Ipsen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Bowel movement frequency [ Time Frame: week 4 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Subjective symptoms associated with defecation. [ Time Frame: At every visit ]

Estimated Enrollment: 84
Study Start Date: April 2005
Primary Completion Date: May 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Drug: PEG 4000 (Forlax®)
Powder for oral solution. 2 sachets of 4g, from baseline every two weeks over a 4 week treatment period.
Active Comparator: 2 Drug: Lactulose active and Lactulose placebo
Powder for oral solution. 1 sachet of 3.3g lactulose active and 1 sachet of lactulose placebo. From baseline every two weeks over a 4 week treatment period.


Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Months to 36 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic constipation (defined as at least 3 months of less than 2 bowel movements (BMs) per week and/or one of the following symptoms : hard stool, painful defecation, encopresis)
  • Constipation previously treated by dietary advice (high fiber diet) for at least two weeks without efficacy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Organic bowel diseases
  • Suspected GI obstruction
  • History of GI surgery
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00255372

Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University,
Bangkok, Thailand, 10400
Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, 30000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: Axel Magis, MD Ipsen
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Axel Magis MD, Ipsen Identifier: NCT00255372     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: A-38-52072-012
Study First Received: November 17, 2005
Last Updated: June 3, 2008

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Signs and Symptoms
Gastrointestinal Agents processed this record on August 17, 2017