Study Purpose:The purpose of this research is to find out if mexiletine is safe and effective in people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In this trial, participants will be taking either 300 milligrams per day of mexiletine, 900 milligrams per day of mexiletine or placebo (non-active study drug). The safety and efficacy of these doses will be compared to see if one dose is better than the other.
Sporadic Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Type of Intervention:
Study Chair(s)/Principal Investigator(s):
Michael D Weiss, MD, University of Washington Medical School
Coordinating Center Contact Information
165 Cambridge St.
Boston, Massachusetts, 02109 United States
Full Study Summary:
University of Washington
Subjects will take study treatment for approximately 12 weeks. Subjects will have 5 in-person visits and 3 telephone calls during the study.
Estimated Study Start Date:
06 / 30 / 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date:
08 / 01 / 2014
Posting Last Modified Date:
09 / 29 / 2021
Date Study Added to neals.org:
05 / 08 / 2013
Can participants use Riluzole?
- Sporadic Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (SALS) diagnosed as possible, laboratory-supported probable, probable, or definite ALS as defined by revised El Escorial criteria.
- Age 18 years or older.
- Disease duration ≤ 36 months from ALS symptom onset.
- Capable of providing informed consent and following trial procedures.
- Subjects must not have taken riluzole for at least 30 days or be on a 50 milligrams twice daily dose of riluzole for at least 60 days prior to randomization (riluzole-naïve subjects are permitted in the study).
- Subjects must not have taken medication for muscle cramping such as cyclobenzaprine, baclofen, carisoprodol, or methocarbamol, for at least 30 days prior to randomization or be on a stable dose for at least 60 days prior to randomization.
- Geographic accessibility to the site.
- Women must not become pregnant for the duration of the study and must be willing to use two contraceptive therapies and have a negative pregnancy test throughout the course of the study.
- Slow vital capacity (SVC) measure greater than or equal to 50% of predicted for gender, height, and age at the screening visit.
- Subjects medically able to undergo lumbar puncture (LP) as determined by the investigator (for example, no bleeding disorder, allergy to local anesthetics, a skin infection at or near the LP site, or evidence of high intracranial pressure).
- Must be able to swallow capsules throughout the course of the study, according to Principal Investigator (PI) judgment.
- Must have a caregiver assist with dispensing the study drug.
- Invasive ventilator dependence, such as tracheostomy.
- Creatinine level greater than 1.5 milligram/deciliter.
- Serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase or (aspartate transaminase) / serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (alanine aminotransferase) greater than 3 times the upper limit of normal at screening.
- History of known sensitivity or intolerability to mexiletine or lidocaine.
- Any history of either substance abuse within the past year, unstable psychiatric disease, cognitive impairment, or dementia.
- Clinically significant conduction abnormalities on electrocardiogram or a known history of cardiac arrhythmia.
- Known history of epilepsy.
- Known history of congestive heart failure (CHF) or history of myocardial infarction within the past 24 months.
- Use of mexiletine for 60 days prior to Baseline Visit.
- Exposure to any other experimental agent (off-label use or investigational) including high dose creatine (greater than 10 grams a day) within 30 days prior to Baseline Visit.
- Use of amiodarone, flecainide, duloxetine, tizanidine, or clozapine.
- Pregnant women or women currently breastfeeding.
- Placement of Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS) device less than 60 days prior to Baseline Visit.
- Planned DPS device implantation after Baseline Visit.
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