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Trial of Blue Citrus Compared to Placebo in Patients Receiving Aromatase Inhibitor Therapy for Estrogen Receptor Positive Post-Menopausal Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Nathalie Johnson, Legacy Health System Identifier:
First received: June 19, 2008
Last updated: August 27, 2013
Last verified: August 2013

This purpose of this study is to determine if the herbal compound, Blue Citrus, decreases joint and bone pain associated with Aromotase Inhibitor therapy (AIT).

Another purpose of the study is to find out if Blue Citrus improves how you feel while taking AIT and if your quality of life improves.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer Joint Pain Drug: Blue Citrus Drug: Placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Pilot, Single Center Randomized Controlled, Double-Blind, Cross Over, Intent to Treat Trial of Blue Citrus to Placebo in Those Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Aromatase Inhibitor Therapy

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Further study details as provided by Nathalie Johnson, Legacy Health System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Determine if Blue Citrus decreases musculoskeletal symptoms while on AIT as compared to Placebo [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Determine if Blue Citrus use leads to reduction in use of other pain medications compared to placebo [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Determine if Blue Citrus compared to placebo improves Quality of Life,improves the ability to perform Activities of Daily Living [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: April 2008
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Blue Citrus either months 1-3 or 4-6
Drug: Blue Citrus
Five 700 mg Capsules three times a day to equal 15 capsules per day for 3 months
Placebo Comparator: 2
Drug: Placebo
Five Placebo capsules three times a day to equal 15 capsules per day for 3 months

Detailed Description:
Post-menopausal women currently on AIT for breast cancer treatment who self-report musculoskeletal side effects related to AIT to their physicians.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Post Menopausal - evidenced by no menses for the past 6 months or FSH level >40
  2. Patient complaints of musculoskeletal symptoms
  3. Currently taking AIT for ER positive postmenopausal breast cancer

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Previously taken Blue Citrus
  2. Presence of bone metastasis
  3. Unable to complete VAS Pain Scale
  4. Unable to comply/complete SF 12 Quality of Life survey
  5. Plan to discontinue AIT in less then six months
  6. Unable to complete ADL scale
  7. Have diagnosis of fibromyalgia
  8. Have diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00702858

Sponsors and Collaborators
Legacy Health System
Principal Investigator: Nathalie Johnson, MD Legacy Health System
  More Information

Responsible Party: Nathalie Johnson, Principal Investigator, Legacy Health System Identifier: NCT00702858     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Blue Citrus BC-AIT-001
Study First Received: June 19, 2008
Last Updated: August 27, 2013

Keywords provided by Nathalie Johnson, Legacy Health System:
Breast Cancer
Joint Pain
Aromatase Inhibitors

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Aromatase Inhibitors
Steroid Synthesis Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Estrogen Antagonists
Hormone Antagonists
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on September 19, 2017