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Low Dose Naltrexone for the Treatment of Juvenile Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(The FDA IND application is paused due to additional required testing. The IRB protocol was closed prior to research starting.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sean Mackey, Stanford University Identifier:
First received: March 3, 2009
Last updated: December 9, 2015
Last verified: December 2015
The purpose of this research is to obtain data or information on the safety and effectiveness of low dose naltrexone (LDN) for treating the symptoms of juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome. This is a dose finding study to find whether LDN helps the symptoms of juvenile fibromyalgia, and at what dose it does so.

Condition Intervention
Fibromyalgia Drug: Low Dose Naltrexone

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Low Dose Naltrexone for the Treatment of Juvenile Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome

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Further study details as provided by Sean Mackey, Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Self Reported Pain [ Time Frame: duration of trial ]
  • Self-reported fatigue [ Time Frame: duration of trial ]
  • Overall Fibromyalgia Symptom report [ Time Frame: duration of trial ]

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: August 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

In this pilot dosage-finding and efficacy study, we will experimentally test whether LDN reduces the symptoms of JPFS. We will recruit 40 children with JPFS. Participants will be screened via the JPFS criteria of Yunus and Masi. The study will be an open-label test of various doses of LDN to determine whether LDN reduces JPFS symptoms, and the appropriate dose at which it does so. Primary endpoints will be daily pain, fatigue, and sleep.

The protocol is designed to take 18 weeks. There are a total of 10 study visits, taking place approximately every 2 weeks.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:1. Generalized musculoskeletal aching for over 3 months duration 2. Moderate-severe pain in 5 of 11 tender points 3. Age 7 - 17 4. Male or female

Exclusion Criteria:1. Diagnosed rheumatic or autoimmune condition contributing to pain 2. Abnormal laboratory results (Rf, ANA, ESR) 3. Use of opioid analgesics in the last 6 months 4. Severe depression and/or anxiety as evidenced by a diagnosis of either disorder, or by evidence based on a clinical interview with the patient and parent at the time of screening. 5. Current or previous psychiatric disorder requiring hospitalization 6. Inability to operate Palm OS® handheld device for self-reports 7. Inability to understand English 8. Inability to attend sessions at Stanford lab every 3 weeks 9. Pregnancy or planned pregnancy, or breastfeeding 10. Abnormal liver functioning tests

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00855972

Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Sub-Investigator: Jarred Younger Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Sean Mackey Stanford University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sean Mackey, Principal Investigator, Stanford University Identifier: NCT00855972     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SU-03022009-1918
Study First Received: March 3, 2009
Last Updated: December 9, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Narcotic Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents processed this record on September 21, 2017