The Effectiveness of Lubiprostone in Constipated Diabetics

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jennifer Christie, Emory University Identifier:
First received: July 23, 2010
Last updated: December 11, 2014
Last verified: December 2014

The investigators will recruit a total of 136 diabetic men and women with constipation into this study from both The Emory Clinic and The Atlanta Veteran's Administration Hospital. The investigators will track spontaneous bowel movements defined as a bowel movement in 24 hours after initiation of study drug (SBMs) in all patients two weeks before treatment with lubiprostone as well as measure baseline colonic transit using the Smartpill pH capsule. Colon transit reflects that rate of colonic peristalsis and movement of stool through the large bowel.

Patients will receive either lubiprostone 24 micrograms (mcg) orally twice a day for 8 weeks or placebo. Primary and secondary endpoints will be the number of SBMs/week and colonic transit time as measured by the Smartpill capsule, respectively. The number of SBMs/week will be evaluated at 0, 2, 4 and 8 weeks after initiation of therapy. The investigators will over-sample African American patients to achieve approximately 50% enrollment of this group. In a subanalysis, the investigators will assess response to treatment between the general population and African Americans.

We hypothesize that lubiprostone will significantly increase the number of SBMs as well as decrease colonic transit time and improve quality of life in constipated diabetic patients compared with placebo.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Lubiprostone
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-controlled Trial to Examine the Effectiveness of Lubiprostone on Constipation Symptoms and Colon Transit Time in Diabetic Patients

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary efficacy measure is number spontaneous bowel movements (SBMs) per week [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    SBMs-bowel movements within a 24 hour period independent of rescue medication use within previous week.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Colonic transit time in hours as measured SmartPill pH Capsule [ Time Frame: Before and 4 weeks after treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Duration of colonic transit time in hours as measured SmartPill pH Capsule. Measuring colon transit by SmartPill capsule provides an objective measure of the time interval from cecal entry of the capsule to anal expulsion as well as measurement of colon motility indices.

  • Presence and severity of daily abdominal discomfort [ Time Frame: During the 12 weeks of treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Presence and severity of daily abdominal discomfort based on a scale of 0 (absent) to 4 (severe).

  • Quality of life [ Time Frame: During the 12 weeks of treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Quality of life using the Patient Assessment of Constipation Quality of Life(PAC-QOL) questionnaire

  • Adherence [ Time Frame: During the 12 weeks of treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Adherence to the drug regimen - pill counts, last 3-day interview

Enrollment: 121
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: October 2014
Primary Completion Date: October 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Lubiprostone Drug: Lubiprostone
24 mcg orally twice a day.
Other Name: Amitiza
Placebo Comparator: placebo Drug: Lubiprostone
24 mcg orally twice a day.
Other Name: Amitiza

Detailed Description:

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is very common in the United States, and the incidence as well as prevalence of this disease are increasing. DM is not only a risk factor for cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, but is also linked with several digestive complications. Among digestive complaints, constipation occurs in approximated two-thirds of patients with DM, making constipation the most common gastrointestinal (GI) complaint among type 2 diabetics. Consequently, these patients suffer abdominal pain, bloating, and have a lower health related quality of life when compared with patients without DM and GI symptoms.Constipated individuals may be reluctant to eat on a regular schedule which may worsen glycemic control as well as the symptoms related to an underlying diabetic enteropathy.

Effective therapies for constipation are limited and there is little data evaluating the treatment of constipation, specifically in diabetic patients. Lubiprostone has been shown to be superior to placebo in increasing the number of spontaneous bowel movements (SBMs) in patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). However, lubiprostone has not been previously studied in diabetics suffering with constipation. Furthermore, other prokinetic pharmacotherapeutics targeted toward constipated patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 are lacking.

African Americans have the highest rate of DM compared with other ethnic groups in the Unites States. Furthermore, constipation is more prevalent in African Americans compared with other minority groups. However, there is little data evaluating the prevalence of constipation and the response to treatment in African Americans. Therefore, more information regarding the severity of symptoms, differences in bowel patterns, colonic transit, and response to therapy is important to improving the management of constipation in this group. Hence, in a subanalysis, we will study whether the responsiveness of African American patients to lubiprostone differs from that of the general population.

Given the dearth of information on the effectiveness of lubiprostone in diabetics, who have a particularly strong need for alternative safe and effective treatments for constipation, we propose to assess the effectiveness of lubiprostone in constipated diabetic men and women.

This is a randomized double- blind placebo controlled trial of lubiprostone in the treatment of constipation in diabetic patients.


Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diabetic patients with constipation.
  • Patient must be on stable oral or subcutaneous hypoglycemic medication for 6 months.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Acute infections
  • Ischemic bowel syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal obstruction
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01170039

United States, Georgia
Atlanta Veterans Administration Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30033
The Emory Clinic
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
Principal Investigator: Jennifer A Christie, MD Emory University
Study Director: Latoya Carter Emory University
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Responsible Party: Jennifer Christie, MD, Emory University Identifier: NCT01170039     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB00014592 
Study First Received: July 23, 2010
Last Updated: December 11, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Emory University:
African Americans

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