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Treatment of HIV-related fatigue with armodafinil: a placebo-controlled randomized trial.

Author(s): Rabkin JG, McElhiney MC, Rabkin R

Affiliation(s): New York State Psychiatric Institute and Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032, USA. jgr1@columbia.edu

Publication date & source: 2011-07, Psychosomatics., 52(4):328-36.

Publication type: Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of armodafinil in the treatment of fatigue in HIV+ patients, and to assess its effect on depressive symptoms and behavior once fatigue remitted. METHOD: HIV+ patients with clinically significant fatigue were treated in a placebo-controlled randomized double-blind trial for 4 weeks. Armodafinil responders and placebo non-responders or relapsers were treated openly for a total of 16 weeks with armodafinil. The primary outcome measure for fatigue and depression was the Clinical Global Impressions-Improvement Scale, supplemented by the Fatigue Severity Scale, the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, and the Beck Depression Inventory. Safety was assessed with assays of CD4 cell count and HIV RNA viral load and the SAFTEE side effects rating scale. Maximum trial dose of armodafinil was 250 mg/d. RESULTS: Seventy patients were enrolled. Attrition was 9%. In intention-to-treat analyses, fatigue response rate to armodafinil was 75% and to placebo, 26%. Armodafinil did not reduce depressive symptoms in the absence of improved energy, but of those patients with an Axis I depressive disorder at study entry whose energy improved, 82% experienced improved mood as well. Markers of immunologic suppression did not change during treatment. At 6 months, those still taking armodafinil had more energy and fewer depressive symptoms than those who were no longer taking it. CONCLUSIONS: As we found in our RCT of modafinil, armodafinil appears effective and well tolerated in treating fatigue in HIV+ patients. Side effects were minimal and most patients reported substantially improved energy and mood. Copyright (c) 2011 The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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