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Use of Zolpidem in Parkinson's Disease

Information source: Rush University Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Parkinson's Disease

Intervention: Levodopa (Drug); Zolpidem first dose (Drug); Zolpidem second dose (Drug); sugar pill (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Withdrawn

Sponsored by: Rush University Medical Center

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Leo Verhagen, MD PhD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Rush University Medical Center


Levodopa treatment is associated with long-term complications. Dopamine deficiency is associated with abnormal activity in certain parts of the brain. Zolpidem may change this abnormal activity and, by doing so, may work in a different way than levodopa to help parkinsonism. The working hypothesis for this aim is that ZLP is superior to placebo in acutely improving motor symptoms of PD. The investigators will conduct a randomized,controlled, double-blind, cross-over study in 40 patients with PD. Each patient will receive placebo, levodopa and 2 doses of ZLP in a randomized order on 4 different occasions, about one week apart.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blind, Cross-over Study of Zolpidem for Patients With Parkinson's Disease

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: UPDRS


Minimum age: 30 Years. Maximum age: 75 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Subjects will have Idiopathic Parkinson's disease according to diagnostic criteria of

the United Kingdom Parkinson's Disease Society Brain Bank.

- Subjects will be capable and willing to provide written informed consent prior to


- Subjects will be ambulatory (in ON- and OFF-states) men and women, between the ages

of 30 and 75 years.

- Subjects will be on levodopa therapy, with a good response and indisputable motor


- All other PD medications are allowed.

- Subjects will be on a stable regimen of PD medications for 2 weeks prior to


- Subjects will be required to come with a caregiver who can accompany the subject

to/from each study visit. Note: Subjects will not be allowed to drive home.

- Female subjects will be advised to use adequate birth control throughout the study as

the effects of ZLP on the fetus are unknown. Adequate birth control methods include surgical sterilization, a partner who has had a vasectomy, oral contraceptives, condom plus spermicidal cream/jelly, cervical cap plus spermicidal cream/jelly, diaphragm plus spermicidal cream/jelly, or intrauterine device (in place for at least 3 months) plus spermicidal cream/jelly. Abstinence is considered an acceptable contraceptive regimen. If a subject becomes pregnant during the study, it is important that they contact the study physician immediately. Exclusion Criteria:

- Neurodegenerative diseases.

- Tremor predominant PD, with a score of > 2 in more than one body part.

- Inability to tolerate being off levodopa for 12 hours.

- A score on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) of less than 26.

- Pregnancy or lactation.

- History of drug or alcohol abuse.

- Known or suspected sensitivity to the investigational study drugs.

- Other known medical or psychiatric condition that may compromise participation in the

study or that judged by the site investigator could disqualify a subject from entering the study.

- Participation in another investigational drug study whereby they received

experimental drug < 30 days prior to start of this study.

- Subjects who have undergone surgical procedures for PD but otherwise meet inclusion

criteria will not be excluded a priori but evaluated on an individual basis.

Locations and Contacts

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois 60612, United States
Additional Information

Last updated: November 30, 2012

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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