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Gabapentin - A Solution to Uremic Pruritus?

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: NCT00577967
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2010 by Hospital Authority, Hong Kong.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : December 20, 2007
Last Update Posted : July 7, 2010
Information provided by:
Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

Brief Summary:
To investigate using the drug gabapentin to relieve the intense pruritic sensation associated with chronic renal failure patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Pruritus Uremia Drug: Gabapentin Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 80 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Gabapentin - A Solution to Uremic Pruritus? A Prospective, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Double-blind Study
Study Start Date : October 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 2006

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Itching

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Subjective measurement of reduction in pruritus [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Tolerability of Gabapentin in CAPD patients [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult Chinese male and female patients aged > 18 undergoing CAPD for at least 3 months and able to read and understand Chinese
  • Patients experiencing moderate to severe pruritis, defined as persistent, treatment-resistant pruritis considerably impairing sleep or daytime activity. Treatment resistance is defined as no or only partial resolvement of pruritis under current anti-pruritis treatment regimens such as anti-pruritis lotions and anti-histamines.
  • Patients in stable clinical condition in terms of peritoneal dialysis and general health
  • Patients able to understand and answer the SDS questionnaire
  • Patients able to express the sensation of itchiness in the terms of the VAS and the SDS score
  • Patients who are willing to give written informed consent and to participate in and comply with the study protocol

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with a known history of pruritis or dermatologic disease antedating renal failure.
  • Patients with skin disease other than the usual cutaneous findings of uraemia such as xerosis or ecchymosis.
  • Patients under current treatment with systemic steroids
  • Known history of allergy to Gabapentin
  • Those patients already put on anti-convulsants
  • Unable to give written informed consent for the study
  • Pregnancy or female patients of child-bearing age who are unwilling to use contraception
  • Poor drug compliance
  • Known HIV positivity
  • Active neoplastic disease
  • Those who do not want to participate the study

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00577967

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Contact: Yui Pong Siu, Dr (852) 2468 5750

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Tuen Mun Hospital
Hong Kong, China
Sub-Investigator: Ka Hang Tong, Dr         
Sub-Investigator: Kay Tai Leung, Dr         
Sub-Investigator: Tze Hoi Kwan, Dr         
Sub-Investigator: Tak Cheung Au, Dr         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital Authority, Hong Kong
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Principal Investigator: Yui Pong Siu, Dr Medical and Geriatrics / Nephrology, Tuen Mun Hospital
Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00577967    
Other Study ID Numbers: 355/05
First Posted: December 20, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 7, 2010
Last Verified: July 2010
Keywords provided by Hospital Authority, Hong Kong:
Uremic pruritis
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Skin Diseases
Skin Manifestations
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