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Methylphenidate Treatment of Cancer-Related Fatigue (EMF)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00758407
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 25, 2008
Last Update Posted : January 13, 2010
Information provided by:
Medice Arzneimittel Pütter GmbH & Co KG

September 24, 2008
September 25, 2008
January 13, 2010
August 2006
January 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
General Fatigue measured by the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory (Subscale General Fatigue) [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
Same as current
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Quality of Life (EORTC-QLQ C30) [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
Same as current
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Methylphenidate Treatment of Cancer-Related Fatigue
Placebo Controlled Double Blind Study With Methylphenidate in Treatment of Adults With Cancer-Related Fatigue
The purpose of this randomized controlled clinical trial is to investigate the efficacy and safety of methylphenidate in patients with fatigue caused by cancer.
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Phase 2
Phase 3
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Cancer-related Fatigue
  • Drug: Methylphenidate hydrochloride
    sustained release, dosage according to an individual titration schedule
  • Drug: Placebo
    dosage according to an individual titration schedule
  • Active Comparator: 1
    Intervention: Drug: Methylphenidate hydrochloride
  • Placebo Comparator: 2
    Intervention: Drug: Placebo
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
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January 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • history of Cancer
  • MFI >40
  • Karnofsky Index >=70
  • outpatient
  • patient are able to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • treatment with psychostimulants in the past two weeks before screening
  • active tumor disease
  • depression (HADS >10)
  • cachexia (BMI <18kg/m2)
  • clinically relevant kidney disorders
  • clinically relevant liver disorder
  • pathological ECG-finding
  • high blood pressure
  • occlusive arterial disease
  • angina pectoris
  • cardiac arrhythmias
  • CHD
  • post heart-attack status
  • post stroke status
  • known elevated intra-ocular pressure
  • known enlarged prostates
  • latent and manifest hyperthyreosis
  • alcohol, medication or drug dependency in the past six months or manifest drug abuse
  • participation in a clinical study within the past 30 days
  • participation in this study at an earlier point in time
  • simultaneous participation in another clinical trial
  • women of child-bearing age without adequate contraception (contraceptives, intrauterine device , no sexual intercourse)
  • pregnancy (positive pregnancy test) or lactation period
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
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Dr. Armin Engels, Medical Advisor, Medice Arzneimittel Pütter GmbH & Co KG
Medice Arzneimittel Pütter GmbH & Co KG
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Principal Investigator: Manfred Heim, Prof. Sonnenbergklinik, Hardstr. 13, D-37242 Bad Sooden-Allendorf
Medice Arzneimittel Pütter GmbH & Co KG
January 2010

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