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Study of Gralise to Treat Fibromyalgia Patients (Gralise)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02052414
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 3, 2014
Results First Posted : October 9, 2015
Last Update Posted : October 19, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
The Center for Clinical Research, Winston-Salem, NC

Brief Summary:

To determine Gralise in treating fibromyalgia pain:

  • efficacy
  • safety

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fibromyalgia Drug: Gabapentin ER Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Subject must carry a diagnosis of fibromyalgia based on American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for fibromyalgia

  • Patient may be gaba-analogue (Pregabalin, trade name: lyrica, or Gabapentin, trade name: Neurontin) naïve, or had been on other gaba analogue before, and discontinued for lack of efficacy.
  • Patient who had allergic reaction or serious adverse reactions will not be included in this study.
  • Patient will start with starter pack of Gralise and will reach therapeutic dose of 1800 mg per day by end of 2 weeks.
  • Drug is to be taken with meal, once a day in the evening; once patient has reached the therapeutic dose of 1800 mg, patient will come in for visit, at which point the PI will evaluate the patient and may increase or decrease the dosage, but patient may not increase or decrease the dose of medication at his /her discretion.
  • During study, patient will have total of 5 visits, 4 of which will be for duration patient will be on Gralise, and the last visit will be for tapering off the medication.
  • During study, patient is asked keep a paper diary on which patient will record the numeric pain scale from Fibromyalgia, time the medication was taken, dose of medication, and any side effects.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 34 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Open Labeled, Non-randomized, Study of Efficacy and Safety of Gralise in Fibromyalgia Patients.
Study Start Date : July 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: Fibromyalgia

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Gralise (Gabapentin ER)

All patients will be treated with Gralise. Patients who are on pregabalin or gabapentin (lyrica or neurontin) will need to wash off the medication before starting Gralise.

Patients who are ready to take Gralise will start with starter pack, and will gradually titrate the dose up to 1800mg per day. After that, patient will take 1800mg per day out of the bottle.

Patient will be seen in clinic at 4weeks intervals for first 4 visits, and then there will be end of the study visit on week 15. On visit 4, week 12 of treatment, patients will be taught to taper off the study medication.

Drug: Gabapentin ER

Patient who are on gralise will report efficacy by rating his or her pain rating on a digital pain scale (11 points) from 0 to 10 on each scheduled clinical visits, which will be compared to their pain level at baseline.

In addition, patients will also record the doses and any adverse effects that might arise during the trial in a diary provided by the study. All information will be recorded in a paper diary that will be followed by coordinator during each follow up visits.

Other Name: Gralise

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Numeric Pain Rating System (NPRS) [ Time Frame: 15 weeks ]
    Fibromyalgia pain experienced by study subjects will be captured using NPRS at baseline visit, at each follow visits that are scheduled to occur every 4 weeks over 12 weeks of treatment period, and at the end of treatment visit that will occur 3 weeks after treatment period (12 weeks treatment period + 3 weeks = 15 weeks). Any difference in NPRS scores between baseline and any subsequent visits will indicate the magnitude of pain relief as reflected in digital scale of 0-10 (0=no pain, 10=worst pain imaginable).

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Medical Outcome Study (MOS) Sleep Questionnaires [ Time Frame: 15 weeks ]

    Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) sleep questionnaires to assess how Fibromyalgia impacts patients' sleep in various areas.

    Specifically, Data reported below measured number of hours subjects spent per night sleeping. MOS sleep questionnaires were assessed at each follow up visits. (visits 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5).

  2. Self Reported Side Effects. [ Time Frame: 15 Weeks ]
    Side / adverse effects were assessed at each follow up visits and resulted are as follows.

  3. Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) [ Time Frame: 15 weeks. ]
    The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) is an instrument designed to quantitate the overall impact of fibromyalgia over many dimensions (e.g. function, pain level, fatigue, sleep disturbance, psychological distress etc.). It is scored from 0 to 100 with the latter number being the worst case. The average score for patients seen in tertiary care settings is about 50. The FIQ is widely used to assess change in fibromyalgia status.

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Patient Global Impression of Change (PGIC) [ Time Frame: 15 Weeks. ]
    Patient Global impression of Change (PGIC) is an outcome commonly used measure of the efficacy of treatments. PGIC is a 7 point scale that requires the subjects to assess how much the patient's illness has improved or worsened relative to a baseline state at the beginning of the intervention. and rated as: 1, very much improved; 2, much improved; 3, minimally improved; 4, no change; 5, minimally worse; 6, much worse; or 7, very much worse.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subject must be 18 years and older.
  • Subject carries Fibromyalgia diagnosis based on American College of Rheumatology criteria.
  • Fibromyalgia patients who are gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-analogue (gabapentin or pregabalin) naïve, or those who have been on gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-analogue, but discontinued due to side effects or having difficulty maintaining dosing schedule due to multiple doses per day, or those who are currently on immediate release gamma-aminobutyric acid-analogue (GABA).
  • Able to distinguish pain from fibromyalgia and pain from other sources. (subjects with other rheumatic disease or medical conditions that contributed to the symptoms of fibromyalgia will be excluded)
  • Subject pain scores >4 on Numeric pain rating scale (NPRS)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Creatinine clearance of < 30mg/ml
  • Pain from Traumatic injury or structural or regional rheumatic disease
  • Unstable medical or psychiatric illness
  • Lifetime history of psychosis, hypomania, or mania.
  • Epilepsy, or dementia
  • Substance abuse in the last 6 months
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Not on contraception for those of childbearing age. (Barrier methods, oral contraception, hormone injections, or surgical sterilization)
  • Subjects who are, in the opinion of the principle investigator, are treatment refractory
  • Treatment with investigational drug within 30 days of screening.
  • Concomitant medication exclusions consisted of medications or herbal agents with Central Nervous System (CNS) effects with exception of episodic use of sedating antihistamines
  • Subject who are on more than one additional class of concomitant fibromyalgia medications i.e. non-selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants, topicals, opioids.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02052414

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United States, North Carolina
Center for Clinical Research
Winston Salem, North Carolina, United States, 27103
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Center for Clinical Research, Winston-Salem, NC
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Principal Investigator: James North, MD Center for Clinical Research
Additional Information:

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Responsible Party: The Center for Clinical Research, Winston-Salem, NC Identifier: NCT02052414    
Other Study ID Numbers: IIR 2012-01
First Posted: February 3, 2014    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: October 9, 2015
Last Update Posted: October 19, 2016
Last Verified: September 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: No individual participants data will be shared with anyone who is not a member of the study staff, and all records containing individual data and their protected health information will remain confidential in accordance with the HIPAA rules.
Keywords provided by The Center for Clinical Research, Winston-Salem, NC:
side effects
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Anxiety Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Psychotropic Drugs
Excitatory Amino Acid Antagonists
Excitatory Amino Acid Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimanic Agents