Efficacy and Safety of Tegaserod in Opioid-induced Constipation in Patients With Non-cancer Pain

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Recruitment Status : Terminated (This study was terminated early as a result of regulatory action suspending tegaserod use in 2007)
First Posted : August 18, 2006
Last Update Posted : April 20, 2012
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Brief Summary:
This study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of tegaserod in opioid-induced constipation in patients with non-cancer pain.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Constipation Drug: Tegaserod Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 670 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Multicenter Phase II/III Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Tegaserod and Placebo Given Orally for 12 Weeks for the Treatment of Opioid-induced Constipation (OIC) in Patients With Chronic Non-cancer Pain
Study Start Date : July 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2007

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MedlinePlus related topics: Constipation
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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change from baseline in the number of bowel movements over weeks 1-4

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change from baseline in the number of bowel movements over weeks 1-12
  2. Change from baseline in abdominal distension/bloating over weeks 1-12
  3. Change from baseline in abdominal discomfort/pain over weeks 1-12

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Male and female outpatients 18 years of age or older.
  2. Patients with chronic non-cancer pain that necessitates the use of non-injectable opioid analgesics. The equivalent dose of 300 mg morphine per day is the maximum opioid analgesic dose allowed. In general, patients should be using opioids on a daily basis.
  3. Chronic pain which has been present for a minimum of 3 months which needs the chronic use of opioids for pain relief.
  4. Constipation, according to the investigator's clinical judgment, that is resulting from opioid use for non-cancer chronic pain. Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is defined as follows:

    • less than 3 spontaneous bowel movements per week and at least one of the following on at least 25% of occasions:

      1. hard or very hard stools
      2. sensation of incomplete evacuation
      3. straining while having a bowel movement

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients who are receiving opioids for abdominal pain or connective tissue disorders.
  2. Planned discontinuation or an increase or decrease by more than 30% of the current opioid dose
  3. Patients who underwent major surgery within 3 months prior to screening.
  4. Patients with a history of prior chronic constipation (CC) that was present for more than three months and that was not related to opioid use.
  5. Patients with a current diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) constipation predominant or alternators.

Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00365820

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Chair: Novartis Pharma AG Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Responsible Party: Novartis Identifier: NCT00365820     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CHTF919N2201
First Posted: August 18, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 20, 2012
Last Verified: April 2012

Keywords provided by Novartis:
Opioid, constipation, tegaserod
Opioid-induced constipation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Signs and Symptoms
Analgesics, Opioid
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Serotonin Receptor Agonists
Serotonin Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action