A Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Fycompa in Subjects With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Study Purpose:

This is a pilot trial to test perampanel (Fycompa; Eisai, Inc.) in ALS patients. The investigators will focus on safety and preliminary signs of efficacy. Perampanel is approved by the FDA for treatment of seizures in patients with epilepsy. In this study, perampanel will be used off-label for adults with ALS at an oral medication dose on the low end of the recommended dose range for epilepsy. This study will consist of two treatments arms: perampanel and matching placebo randomized at a 1:1 ratio. Subjects will receive medication for 9 months.

Study Status:

Not recruiting


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Study Type:


Type of Intervention:


Intervention Name:

Perampanel, Placebo Oral Tablet





Study Chair(s)/Principal Investigator(s):

Nurcan Gursoy, MD, Stony Brook Medicine Dept. of Neurology

Clinicaltrials.gov ID:


Neals Affiliated?


Coordinating Center Contact Information

Stony Brook University Medical Center

Stony Brook
New York, New York, 11794 United States

Study Sponsor:

Stony Brook University

Participant Duration:

Subjects will receive medication for 9 months.

Estimated Enrollment:


Estimated Study Start Date:

01 / 12 / 2017

Estimated Study Completion Date:

02 / 08 / 2023

Posting Last Modified Date:

05 / 06 / 2023

Date Study Added to neals.org:

01 / 13 / 2017

Minimum Age:

18 Years

Maximum Age:

80 Years

Can participants use Riluzole?


Inclusion Criteria:

1. diagnosis of ALS

2. first clinical weakness within past 3 years

3. slow vital capacity >= 60% of predicted within 1 month of treatment

4. may be on stable dose of riluzole for at least 30 days, or otherwise agree to not initiate riluzole for duration of the trial

5. may be on stable dose of edaravone for at least 30 days, otherwise agree to not initiate edaravone for duration of the trial

6. can travel to Stony Brook to receive medical care

7. must have a monitor who can be contacted at regular intervals to report on subject's clinical/psychiatric status

Exclusion Criteria:

1. use of tracheostomy or mechanical ventilation within last 3 months

2. hepatic insufficiency or abnormal liver function

3. renal insufficiency

4. clinically significant psychiatric disorder

5. active malignancy

6. history of HIV, clinically significant chronic hepatitis, or other active infection

7. history of stomach or intestinal surgery or condition that could interfere with absorption, distribution, metabolism or secretion of study drug

8. history of alcohol or substance abuse within 3 months prior to entry (subjects will be instructed to refrain from alcohol during the study)

9. use of strong cytochrome P4503A inhibitors or inducers, anticonvulsants or other drugs known to interact strongly with perampanel.

10. pregnancy or lactation

11. clinically significant medical condition (other than ALS) that would pose a risk to the subject if they were to participate

12. know hypersensitivity to perampanel

13. currently participating, or has participated in a study with an investigation or marketed compound within 3 months of entry

Stony Brook University Medical Center

Stony Brook, New York 11794-8121
United States