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Levetiracetam in Central Pain in Multiple Sclerosis(MS)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Odense University Hospital Identifier:
First received: January 16, 2007
Last updated: December 17, 2009
Last verified: January 2007
Multiple sclerosis is often associated with pain. There is no standard treatment of this type of pain. Levetiracetam is a new anticonvulsant and it is the hypothesis that it could relieve central pain in multiple sclerosis. This is a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial on the effect of levetiracetam 3000 mg daily on pain in multiple sclerosis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Multiple Sclerosis Drug: levetiracetam Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Double-blind, Randomised,Placebo-controlled Trial of Levetiracetam in Central Pain in Multiple Sclerosis

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Further study details as provided by Odense University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain relief rated on a 0 to 10 point numeric rating scale (median value for last treatment week of each period) [ Time Frame: Weekly ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain rated on a 0 to 10 point numeric rating scale [ Time Frame: Daily ]
  • Pain subtypes rated on the same scale. [ Time Frame: Daily ]
  • Brush-evoked pain [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of each treatment period ]
  • Pin-prick-evoked pain [ Time Frame: Daily ]
  • Cold-evoked pain [ Time Frame: Daily ]
  • Health related quality of life (SF36) [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of each treatment period ]
  • Pain related sleep disturbance [ Time Frame: Daily ]
  • Use of escape medication [ Time Frame: Daily ]
  • Muscle spasms as measured on 2 different scales [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of each treatment period ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: January 2007
Study Completion Date: January 2009
Primary Completion Date: January 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: levetiracetam
    Levetiracetam tablets 500 mg, total daily dose 3000 mg

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • ms diagnosis verified
  • age > 18 years
  • central pain symptoms for more than 3 months
  • central pain diagnosis confirmed by neurological examination
  • adequate anticonceptive treatment for women with child bearing potential
  • informed consent
  • baseline pain of more than 4 on numeric rating scale

Exclusion Criteria:

  • other cause of pain
  • previous allergic reaction towards levetiracetam
  • known adverse drug reaction on levetiracetam
  • pregnancy
  • severe disease
  • inability to follow study protocol
  • treatment with antidepressants, other anticonvulsants or opioids
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00423527

Department of Neurology, Odense University Hospital
Odense C, Denmark, DK-5000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Odense University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Søren H Sindrup, MD Department of Neurology, Odense Unviersity Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Professor Søren H. Sindrup, Odense University Hospital Identifier: NCT00423527     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: keppra3
Study First Received: January 16, 2007
Last Updated: December 17, 2009

Keywords provided by Odense University Hospital:
multiple sclerosis
central pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Sclerosis
Pathologic Processes
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Demyelinating Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Nootropic Agents
Neuroprotective Agents
Protective Agents
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