Growth Hormone as Add-on Treatment in Severe Fibromyalgia With Low IGF-1 Serum Levels (56 Characters)
Information source: Centro Medico Teknon
Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on June 20, 2008
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Condition(s) targeted: Fibromyalgia; Growth Hormone Deficiency
Intervention: sc recombinant growth hormone + amitriptyline, fluoxetine and tramadol (treated group) (Drug); amitriptyline, fluoxetine and tramadol alone (control group) (Drug)
Phase: Phase 2
Sponsored by: Centro Medico Teknon
Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Guillem Cuatrecasas, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: CM Teknon Endocrinology Head Department
Albert Nadal, MD, Study Chair, Affiliation: CM Teknon Rheumatology Head Department
There are evidences of functional growth hormone (GH) deficiency, expressed by means of low
serum levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), in a subset of fibromyalgia patients.
The efficacy of low GH doses versus placebo has been demonstrated in this population. We
assessed the efficacy and safety of GH added to standard therapy compared to standard therapy
alone in the treatment of severe, prolonged and well-treated fibromialgya patients with low
Official title: Exploratory Study to Investigate the Efficacy and Safety of Recombinant Growth Hormone as Add-on Treatment in Patients With Severe Fibromialgia
Study design: Treatment, Randomized, Open Label, Active Control, Parallel Assignment, Safety/Efficacy Study
Primary outcome: reduction number of tender points (paired)
Secondary outcome: improvement in FIQ, EQ-5D , analogic visual scales (1). Safety (2).
Minimum age: 18 Years.
Maximum age: N/A.
- Women greater than 18 years old with severe fibromyalgia and abnormally low IGF-1
levels included in a rehabilitation and psychological program and stable under
standard intensive treatment for at least 6 months.
- All patients fulfilled the 1990 ACR diagnostic criteria (1) and had an IGF-1 level
<250 ng/mL (or 1 standard deviation bellow the mean value corresponding to age and
body surface according to laboratory reference value).
- Other inclusion criteria were duration of fibromyalgia of 1 year or greater, pain in
at least 16 (8 bilateral) of the 18 tender points and a score in the FIQ > 75.
- The study was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and received
the local institutional review board and Spanish Drug Agency (nº03-0456) approvals.
All patients gave written informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study.
- Disabling physical or mental status
- Previous or current malignancies, either active or inactive
- Intracranial space occupying lesion
- Any relevant endocrine disorder including diabetes mellitus
- History of another pituitary disorder
- Previous treatment with growth hormone
- Other systemic or joint inflammatory rheumatic conditions; and
- Known to be hypersensitive to somatropin or any of the excipients.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers, or women with childbearing potential not using
adequate contraceptive methods were also excluded.
Locations and Contacts
Endocrinology Department CM Teknon, Barcelona 08022, Spain
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Starting date: May 2004
Ending date: November 2005
Last updated: July 5, 2007