Flavocoxid, A Plant-Derived Therapy, for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly prescribed to treat arthritis. The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of flavocoxid, a plant-derived compound, for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA) in adults.
Study hypotheses: 1) Flavocoxid has an acceptable safety and tolerability profile as determined by the Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) profile in patients with OA compared to identical placebo. 2) Flavocoxid will be more effective as a therapy for OA compared to identical placebo.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Flavocoxid: A Medical Food Therapy for Osteoarthritis|
- Safety and tolerability of flavocoxid (clinical status; causality and occurrence of adverse events) [ Time Frame: Measured throughout 12-week treatment period ]
- Efficacy of treatment and clinical benefit [ Time Frame: Measured at Week 12 ]
|Study Start Date:||February 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||November 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Participants will receive daily flavocoxid for 12 weeks.
Daily flavocoxid for 12 weeks
Placebo Comparator: 2
Participants will receive placebo for 12 weeks.
Daily placebo for 12 weeks
OA is a leading chronic disease in older adults and is characterized by degeneration of articular cartilage of the joints in hands, spine, knees, and hips. In joints, tissue injury and pain are caused by the conversion of arachidonic acid to such inflammatory compounds as cyclooxygenases-1 and -2 (COX-1 and -2) and 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO). Conventional NSAIDs inhibit COX-1 and -2, but have little or no effect on 5-LO. NSAIDs provide relief from the pain of OA; however, NSAIDS are also associated with significant side effects, including gastrointestinal bleeding, venous thrombosis, and nephrotoxicity. Novel alternative therapies with increased safety and efficacy with fewer or no side effects are desirable; plant-derived substances might be useful alternatives to NSAIDs. Flavocoxid, a botanical extract derived from two plants, Scutellaria baicalensis and Acacia catechu, has been shown to inhibit COX-1 and -2 as well as 5-LO. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of flavocoxid in relieving the symptoms of knee OA in adults.
This study will last 12 weeks. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. Group 1 participants will receive daily flavocoxid; Group 2 participants will receive placebo. There will be 5 study visits: study entry and Weeks 2, 4, 8, and 12. Joint pain, tenderness, and swelling will be assessed at each study visit. A 30-foot timed walking test will also be performed at all visits. A physical exam and blood collection will occur at study entry and Week 12. Other study assessments will include safety monitoring, patient/physician global disease ratings, quality of life measures, depression and anxiety ratings, and measures of efficacy as determined by the Western Ontario and McMaster (WOMAC) OA index.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00294125
|United States, Alabama|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham|
|Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294|
|Principal Investigator:||Sarah L. Morgan, MD, RD||University of Alabama at Birmingham|