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Study of Long-Term Use of Forlax® in Elderly Patients With Chronic Constipation

This study has been completed.
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Ipsen Identifier:
First received: January 12, 2006
Last updated: May 15, 2006
Last verified: May 2006
The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the tolerance of long term repeated doses of Forlax® 10g versus lactulose in elderly ambulatory or institutionalized patients, paying special attention to digestive and nutritional status.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: PEG 4000 (Forlax ®)
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Tolerance of Long Term Administration of Forlax® 10g in Elderly Ambulatory or Institutionalized Patients Suffering From Chronic Constipation. Single Blind Randomised Lactulose-Controlled Study With Individual Expected Benefit.

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Further study details as provided by Ipsen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical and biological tolerance with special attention to digestive and nutritional status. Clinical tolerance will be assessed by digestive symptomatology collected on a daily basis
  • Digestive examination assessed at screening wash-out period and each month
  • Nutritional status assessed at screening wash-out period, month 3 and month 6
  • Vital signs assessed at screening wash-out period, month 3 and month 6. Biological tolerance will be assessed by nutritional markers, malabsorption markers and routine laboratory tests assessed at screening wash-out period and month 3 and 6.
  • Drug interaction assessment assessed at screening wash-out period and month 3 and 6.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Long term efficacy based on daily nurse diary
  • Healthcare cost analysis.

Estimated Enrollment: 240
Study Start Date: December 1999

Ages Eligible for Study:   70 Years and older   (Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Institutionalized patients (in a medical care ward) for at least 3 months, or ambulatory patients
  • Suffering from chronic constipation defined as:

    • either less than 3 stools per week for at least 3 months and no or partial efficacy of dietary advices, OR
    • patient treated with laxative medication/s for at least 3 months before inclusion, because of chronic constipation corresponding to less than 3 stools per week in case of no laxative treatment
  • patient has less than 3 stools during 7 consecutive days of the screening wash-out period

Exclusion Criteria:

  • known organic intestinal disease
  • having had intestinal surgery
  • abdominal or pelvic radiation, carcinoma, obstructive disease, malabsorption disease
  • fecal mass in the rectum which cannot be completely evacuated during the screening wash-out period
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00276354

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Study Director: Philippe Garnier, MD Ipsen
  More Information Identifier: NCT00276354     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2-31-52072-003
Study First Received: January 12, 2006
Last Updated: May 15, 2006

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on April 28, 2017