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The Effect of Memantine on Functional Outcomes and Motor Neuron Degeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00409721
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 11, 2006
Last Update Posted : March 2, 2011
ALS Association
Information provided by:
University of Alberta

Brief Summary:
The purpose of the study is to investigate the effects of memantine in ALS patients using functional outcome measures.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Drug: Memantine Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 42 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Double-blind, Dose Ranging Study to Determine the Effect of Memantine on Functional Outcomes and Motor Neuron Degeneration in Patients With ALS
Study Start Date : March 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Memantine Low Dose Drug: Memantine
Experimental: Memantine High Dose Drug: Memantine

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. ALS Functional Rating Scale-Revised (ALSFRS-R)
  2. Forced vital capacity (FVC)
  3. Manual Muscle Testing (MMT)
  4. Addenbrooke Cognitive Examination (ACE)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Motor unit number estimates of hand and foot muscles
  2. N-acetylaspartate in the motor cortex

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • El Escorial Classification of laboratory supported probable, probable,or definite ALS
  • Age 18 - 80 years,
  • ALS symptoms for no more than 3 years,
  • FVC greater than or equal to 60% predicted,
  • Riluzole naïve or have been on a stable dose of Riluzole for at least 2 months,
  • Patients must have the ability to attend monthly study visits in Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Presence of significant sensory abnormalities, dementia, other neurologic diseases, uncompensated medical illness and psychiatric illness
  • Female patients who are breastfeeding
  • Use of concurrent investigational drugs,
  • Patient unlikely to comply with study requirements
  • Poor adherence to study protocol during run-in phase

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00409721

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Canada, Alberta
Calgary ALS Neuromuscular Clinic
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 4N1
University of Alberta ALS Clinic
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2B7
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Alberta
ALS Association
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Principal Investigator: Ming Chan, MD University of Alberta
Principal Investigator: Sanjay Kalra, MD University of Alberta
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Sanjay Kalra, MD, University of Alberta
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00409721    
Other Study ID Numbers: 1204
First Posted: December 11, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 2, 2011
Last Verified: March 2011
Keywords provided by University of Alberta:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Motor Neuron Disease
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Motor Neuron Disease
Nerve Degeneration
Pathologic Processes
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
TDP-43 Proteinopathies
Proteostasis Deficiencies
Metabolic Diseases
Antiparkinson Agents
Anti-Dyskinesia Agents
Dopamine Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Excitatory Amino Acid Antagonists
Excitatory Amino Acid Agents