Effect of Lithium Carbonate in Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (LISLA)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 22, 2009
Last Update Posted : October 31, 2012
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June 19, 2009
June 22, 2009
October 31, 2012
June 2009
April 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Survival in patients with ALS treated with lithium and riluzole compared to historical cohort (patients treated with riluzole alone ) [ Time Frame: 15 months ]
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00925847 on Archive Site
  • Functional Assessment Change in ALS Functional Rating Score (ALSFRS-R slope) [ Time Frame: 15 months ]
  • Muscle Strength Change in MMT score (MMT slope) [ Time Frame: 15 months ]
  • Rate of decline of respiratory function determined as SVC over the 15 month treatment period [ Time Frame: 15 months ]
Same as current
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Effect of Lithium Carbonate in Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Open Multicenter Study of Lithium in Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis LISLA
The purpose of the study is to determine whether lithium is safe and effective in the treatment of ALS

Daily doses of lithium, have been found to delay progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in a 15-month study of 44 patients with ALS. At the end of the trial, about 30 percent of the patients that took riluzole had died, while all those receiving riluzole plus lithium had survived. the lithium group had slower progression as measure by a test of breathing (FVC) and strength.

This study will determine whether lithium in combination with riluzole delay progression of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease in comparison of an historical cohort of ALS patients treated with riluzole alone.

Phase 2
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Drug: lithium
lithium LP 400mg daily po (doses were adjusted during the study to maintain targeted blood levels.)
Experimental: 1
Intervention: Drug: lithium
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April 2011
April 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of clinically possible, clinically probable laboratory-supported, clinically probable or clinically definite ALS (according to WNF EL Escorial diagnostic criteria, revised according to the AIRLIE House Conference 1998)
  • Concomitant standard Riluzole therapy (50mg twice daily)
  • patients included in ALS reference center
  • women of childbearing age be non-lactating and surgically sterile or using a highly effective method of birth control and have a negative pregnancy test
  • capable of thoroughly understanding all information given and giving full informed consent according to GCP
  • Patients with gastrostomy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • evidence of major psychiatric disorder or clinically evident dementia precluding evaluation of symptoms
  • any medical condition known to contre-indicate lithium treatment (dysthyroid, cardiopathy, renal insufficiency)
  • presence of any concomitant life-threatening disease or impairment likely to interfere with functional assessment
  • known hypersensitivity to any component of the study drugs
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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Principal Investigator: Lucette Lacomblez, MD Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
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March 2009

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