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Sleep Disorders and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00287391
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 6, 2006
Last Update Posted : April 27, 2007
Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., Belgium
Information provided by:
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Brief Summary:

This study will investigate Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)as a cause of sleep disturbance. Patients with GERD may experience all or some of the following symptoms: stomach acid or partially digested food re-entering the esophagus (which is sometimes referred to as heartburn or regurgitation) and belching. Even very small, unnoticeable amounts of rising stomach acid may cause patients to wake up during the night.

This study will also investigate the effect of Rabeprazole, (brand name Aciphex) on patients with known insomnia. Rabeprazole is an FDA approved medication already marketed for the treatment of GERD.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Insomnia GERD Drug: Rabeprazole Phase 4

Detailed Description:
Participants with known insomnia will undergo an overnight pH and sleep study. Those found to be eligible after the first sleep study (those with significantly poor sleep quality and no significant sleep apnea) will be started on 2 weeks 20 mgs, twice-a-day, rabeprazole. Upon completion of the 2 week course of rabeprazole, subjects will repeat the overnight pH and sleep studies. Upon completion of these studies, participation is complete.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Impact of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Sleep Disorders: A Pilot Investigation of Rabeprazole, 20 mg Twice Daily for the Relief of GERD-Related Insomnia.
Study Start Date : September 2004
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: GERD

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The percentage of: subjects with non-OSA sleep disturbances who demonstrate esophageal reflux, night-time arousals which are accompanied by a reflux event.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. English-speaking male or female subjects, 18-75 years of age. (Women must be two (2) years post-menopausal or surgically sterile. Women of childbearing potential or <1 year post-menopausal must be practicing an approved method of contraception and have a negative urine pregnancy test at screening.),
  2. a six-month duration of insomnia,
  3. sleep difficulty at least 3 nights per week, and a sleep study demonstrating > 10 arousals/hour for those aged < 45, and >15 for those who are 45 or older.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. BMI > 30 or history of snoring (in order to decrease the prevalence of sleep apnea in the sample),
  2. use of any proton pump inhibitor or H2 receptor antagonist within one week of undergoing initial sleep study,
  3. previous acid-suppressing medication for sleep disturbances,
  4. previous surgical antireflux procedure,
  5. current medical therapy that includes digoxin or ketoconazole,
  6. previous aerodigestive malignancy,
  7. a previously diagnosed psychological or medical cause of insomnia (other than suspected GERD), and
  8. inability or unwillingness to provide consent for the procedures.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00287391

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United States, North Carolina
UNC Gastroenterology and UNC Sleep Disorders Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, 27599
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of North Carolina
Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., Belgium
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Principal Investigator: Nicholas Shaheen, MD, MPH UNC Gastroenterology
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00287391    
Other Study ID Numbers: SLEEP
First Posted: February 6, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 27, 2007
Last Verified: April 2007
Keywords provided by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Sleep Disturbance
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Gastroesophageal Reflux
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Sleep Wake Disorders
Sleep Disorders, Intrinsic
Nervous System Diseases
Mental Disorders
Esophageal Motility Disorders
Deglutition Disorders
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Anti-Ulcer Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
Proton Pump Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action