Milnacipran for Treatment of Pain in Older Adults With Rheumatoid Arthritis
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01225991|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 21, 2010
Results First Posted : September 17, 2014
Last Update Posted : March 29, 2018
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Rheumatoid Arthritis||Drug: Milnacipran||Phase 4|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||18 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||An Open-label Trial of Milnacipran for the Treatment of Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in Older Adults|
|Study Start Date :||November 2010|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||May 2013|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||June 2013|
Experimental: Milnacipran, active drug, open-label
All subjects will be free of antidepressant medications or opiates, or any other medications used to treat pain for at least 2 weeks prior to initiation of dose titration. Patients will be allowed to escalate up to 100 mg a day, or to their maximum tolerated dose in the course of the first week. The stable-dose phase will be a 10-week period during which patients will take medications at the final dose achieved (either 100 mg per day in divided doses, or the maximum tolerated dose of less than 100 mg per day). Final efficacy assessments will be made at the termination visit, and the study medication will be tapered down following 12 weeks of drug treatment.
All subjects will be free of antidepressant medications or opiates, or any other medications used to treat pain for at least 2 weeks prior to initiation of dose titration. Patients will be allowed to escalate up to 100 mg a day: Day 1: 12.5 mg once a day; Days 2-3: 25 mg/day (12.5 mg twice daily); Days 4-7: 50 mg/day (25 mg twice daily); After Day 7: 100 mg/day (50 mg twice daily). The stable-dose phase will be a 10-week period during which patients will take medications at the final dose achieved (either 100 mg per day in divided doses, or the maximum tolerated dose of less than 100 mg per day).
Other Name: Savella
- Pain Rating Index [ Time Frame: Change score at baseline and 12 weeks ]The Pain Rating Index ranked values associated with adjectives depicting the severity of pain from the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ). The assessment is comprised of 15 adjectives, each of which is scored on a scale ranging from 0 (none) to 3 (severe) and summed to arrive at a score ranging from 0 (no pain) to 45 (worst possible pain), to measure the extent of pain/tenderness and swelling. The Pain Rating Index final scores were averaged to indicate an overall report of joint pain and stiffness.
- Visual Analogue Scale to Evaluate Fatigue (VAS-F) [ Time Frame: Change scores from Week 1 to Week 12 of energy and fatigue ]The Visual Analogue Scale to Evaluate Fatigue (VAS-F) is an assessment of fatigue severity. The Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) measures a characteristic or attitude that ranges across a continuum of values from none (0) to an extreme amount of fatigue and energy (10). Scores fall between 0 and 10 anchored by word descriptors at each end and the patient marks on the line the point that they feel represents their perception of their current state. The scale consists of 18 items relating to the subjective experience of fatigue. Two subscales are summed separately and reported as follows: Items 1-5 and 11-18 represent fatigue from none (0) to extreme fatigue (10) and items 6-10 represent energy from none (0) to extreme energy (10). The outcome measures the change scores of energy and fatigue from Week 1 to Week 12. The VAS subscales for Fatigue Scale range: 0-130 and Energy Scale range: 0-50 with higher scores indicating greater energy and fatigue.
- (UKU) Side Effects Rating Scale Profile [ Time Frame: Weeks 1-4, 6, 8, 10, 12 ]The UKU assessment will rate the number of participants with emerging adverse events.
- Profile of Mood States (POMS) [ Time Frame: Week 1 and 12 ]Depressive symptoms: Repeated assessment of depressive symptoms severity will be made using the Profile of Mood States (POMS). The scale consisted of 65 adjectives rated on 5-point scale 0= not at all; 1=a little; 2=moderately; 3=quite a bit; 4=extremely. Five subscales were included in analysis: tension-anxiety (9 items, score range: 0-36), depression (15 items, range 0-60), friendliness (12 items, range 0-48), vigor-activity (8 items, range 0-32), and fatigue (7 items, range 0-28). Higher vigor-activity and friendliness scores reflect a good mood or emotion (high scores indicating better outcomes), and low scores in the other subscales (tension, depression, and fatigue) reflect a good mood or emotion (low scores indicating better outcomes).
- Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) [ Time Frame: Change Scores from Week 1 to Week 12 ]Resilience: the Connor-Davidson Resilience scale (CD-RISC) quantifies stress coping ability. The CD-RISC is a 25-item self-administered scale, although where necessary, a staff professional could read out each question to the subject and record the answer. The subject is directed to respond to each question with reference to the previous month, understanding that if a particular situation has not arisen in this time, then the response should be determined by how the person thinks they would have reacted. Scoring of the full 25 item scale is based on summing the total of each item, which is scored from 0-4. The full range is therefore from 0 to 100, with higher scores reflecting greater resilience. The outcome measure is a change score from Week 1 to Week 12.
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|United States, California|
|UCLA Semel Institute|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095|
|Principal Investigator:||Helen Lavretsky, M.D.||University of California, Los Angeles|