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A Study of T2000 in Essential Tremor

This study has been terminated.
(Slow enrollment)
Information provided by:
Taro Pharmaceuticals USA Identifier:
First received: May 1, 2006
Last updated: January 19, 2014
Last verified: January 2014

This study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of T2000 when used to treat patients with moderate to severe essential tremor over a 20 week period.

Essential tremor (ET) is a common form of involuntary shaking not related to Parkinson's disease. The medications that are currently used to treat ET work in a small proportion of patients and provide only partial improvement in symptoms. Use of these current medications is also limited by side-effects in many patients.

T2000 is a medication currently under development for the treatment of essential tremor. Although T2000 is a new medication, it belongs to a class of medications that has been used for many years for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions. In previous studies, T2000 appeared to be effective in controlling symptoms of ET and some patients with severe ET had major improvements in tremor. T2000 was well tolerated for periods up to 20 days and the minimal side-effects seen were those that would be expected for medications in this class.

The current study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of T2000 in patients with moderate to severe essential tremor. Patients will receive doses of T2000 beginning at 600 mg a day, followed by 800 mg a day and up to 1000 mg a day. The total duration of treatment will be 20 weeks. Patient's tremor and neurological examination will be monitored throughout the study. The response to T2000 will be determined by comparing the severity of tremor while patients are receiving T2000 compared to the tremor observed without active medication.

Condition Intervention Phase
Essential Tremor
Drug: T2000
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Efficacy and Safety of Taro Pharmaceuticals' Pro-Drug T2000 (1,3-Dimethoxymethyl-5,5-Diphenyl-Barbituric Acid) In Patients With Essential Tremor: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Sequential Dose Escalation Study

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Further study details as provided by Taro Pharmaceuticals USA:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Effect of treatment on tremor will be measured by a tremor scale as well as by assessment of functional activity with specific tasks. Patients receiving active treatment will be compared to placebo at 2 months of treatment. [ Time Frame: Up to 6 months ]
  • Response at various dosages will be compared to baseline for all patients. [ Time Frame: Up to 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety parameters including neurological examination, blood tests and EKG will be monitored throughout the treatment period and during withdrawal of the medication. [ Time Frame: Up to 6 months ]

Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: August 2006
Study Completion Date: December 2007
Primary Completion Date: July 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
T2000 dose escalation
Drug: T2000
Dose escalation from 600 to 1000 mg
Experimental: 2
Placebo followed by T2000 dose escalation
Drug: T2000
Placebo followed by T2000 dose escalation from 600 to 1000 mg
Experimental: 3
Placebo followed by T2000 dose escalation
Drug: T2000
Placebo followed by dose escalation from 600 to 1000


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Confirmed essential tremor by NIH criteria
  • Significant functional activity limitation due to ET
  • Patients who have failed, are inadequately treated or cannot tolerate alternative treatments for ET as well as treatment naïve patients who have considered but declined alternative treatment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients adequately controlled without side effects on a current ET treatment
  • Pregnant patients or patients who may become pregnant during the study
  • Patients with other medical conditions that may cause tremor, such as Parkinson's disease or active hyperthyroidism
  • Patients taking medications that might produce tremor or interfere with the evaluation of tremor such as CNS-stimulants or beta-blockers
  • Patients who must take medications that alter liver metabolism as well as patients with liver disease or coagulation disorders
  • Patients with seizure disorders
  • Patients with a history of allergy or hypersensitivity reaction to barbiturates or other related medications, such as phenobarbital or phenytoin
  • Patient with significant general medical or clinical laboratory abnormalities
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00321087

Canada, Ontario
Investigator Site
London, Ontario, Canada
Investigator Site
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Investigator Site
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
Taro Pharmaceuticals USA
  More Information

Responsible Party: Medical Director, Taro Pharmaceuticals USA Identifier: NCT00321087     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: T2000-0533
Study First Received: May 1, 2006
Last Updated: January 19, 2014

Keywords provided by Taro Pharmaceuticals USA:
Movement Disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Essential Tremor
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Movement Disorders
Central Nervous System Diseases processed this record on May 23, 2017