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Ephedrine for the Treatment of Congenital Myasthenia

Information source: Hadassah Medical Organization
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Condition(s) targeted: Myasthenic Syndromes, Congenital

Intervention: Ephedrine (Drug)

Phase: Phase 1/Phase 2

Status: Enrolling by invitation

Sponsored by: Hadassah Medical Organization

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Simon Edvardson, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Hadassah Medical Organization


Previous research has demonstrated possible efficacy of Ephedrine in the treatment of congenital myasthenia caused by end-plate acetylcholinesterase deficiency. The aim of the current study is to test the hypothesis that Ephedrine may be beneficial to these patients. To test this hypothesis we will perform a double blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study clinical efficacy and safety study. Drug na´ve patients who agree to participate will be randomized to two groups. Each group will be treated in a blinded manner for 5 weeks with either placebo or Ephedrine HCl in an escalating dose up to 100 mg per day divided in two doses. After five weeks the groups will cross over and continue treatment or placebo for a further five weeks. Evaluations of strength and fatiguability will be done at baseline, at the end of each five week period and after a further two weeks. Safety will be assessed weekly by the investigators using interview and physical examination. Outcome measures will include Barthel index, Quality of life questionnaire, Timed up and go, spirometry, timed elevation of limbs, and force measurements. All patients will report to the clinic as per study schedule (See Appendix A). Specifically, the 12 clinic visits will include: baseline (1), safety and efficacy assessments(10) and closeout (1).

Clinical Details

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: strength and fatiguability: walking, straight arm raising, spirometry.


Minimum age: 12 Years. Maximum age: 75 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Male or female patients , with congenital myasthenia, belonging to a previously

reported kindred diagnosed with COLQ deficiency. Exclusion Criteria:

- History of allergy to Ephedrine or any inactive component.

- Significant abnormalities in screening Cardiovascular parameters (blood pressure,


- Surgery within 6 weeks of screening.

- Concurrent use of any other medication except steroids.

- Pregnancy.

- Thyrotoxicosis.

- Co-morbid conditions or other neurological disorders that would confound assessment

of clinical parameters.

- Participation in another clinical trial within 30 days of study start.

- Patients who are non-cooperative or parents/ legal guardians who are unwilling to

sign consent form.

Locations and Contacts

Hadassah Medical Organization, Jerusalem, Israel, Jerusalem, Israel
Additional Information

Starting date: October 2007
Last updated: October 9, 2007

Page last updated: August 20, 2015

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