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Safety and Efficacy Study of Ethosuximide for the Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

Information source: McGill University Health Center
Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on October 19, 2009
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Intervention: Placebo (Drug); Ethosuximide (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: McGill University Health Center

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Mark A Ware, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: McGill University Health Center

Overall contact:
Mark A Ware, MD, Phone: 514-934-1934, Ext: 42784, Email: mark.ware@muhc.mcgill.ca


Pain remains the most debilitating symptom for adult patients suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Most CRPS patients gain little to no relief from current painkillers. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ethosuximide in search of much-needed adjunctive therapy to relieve the pain and suffering associated with CRPS.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Single Centre. Parallel-Group, Double-Blinded, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Clinical Trial on Ethosuximide for the Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Study design: Treatment, Randomized, Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Parallel Assignment, Safety/Efficacy Study

Primary outcome: Maximum tolerated dose (500mg-1500mg per day) and Safety profile

Secondary outcome:

Efficacy: Pain Intensity - Visual Analogue Scale (VAS)

Efficacy: Pain Intensity - Numerical Rating Scale (NRS)

Efficacy: Pain Quality - Neuropathic Pain Symptom Inventory (NPSI) and Short Form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ)

Efficacy: Quality of Life - Short Form 12v2 (SF-12v2)

Detailed description: This is a single centre, parallel-group, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled pilot clinical trial for adults suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Twelve (12) subjects diagnosed with CRPS will be enrolled and randomized to receive orally, either ethosuximide or placebo. If the maximum trial medication dosage (1500mg) is reached, the subject will be in the study for a maximum of 10 weeks from screening (Clinic Visit 1) to the end of the drug cessation period. The minimum period a subject could complete the study would be 4 weeks presuming they were not previously on any disallowed drugs and only found the 500mg dose tolerable.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Male or female, age ≥18 years old;

- Diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) using International Association

for the Study of Pain criteria >6 months;

- Normal liver function (AST level <3x normal level);

- Normal kidney function (serum creatinine <133µmol/L);

- Full blood count, haematocrit >38%;

- Willing and able to give informed consent and of completing study questionnaires;

- Stable (no change in past two months) but suboptimal pain pharmacotherapy (i. e.

additional pain control felt by patient and physician to be necessary);

- Able to attend research centre according to the visit schedule;

- Women of child-bearing potential must be using a reliable form of contraception i. e.

oral contraceptives, a barrier method (condom or diaphragm), intra-uterine device or abstinence.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Optimal response to opioids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants or anti- inflammatory


- Any history or indication of kidney or liver disease;

- Any history of alcohol abuse;

- Presence of diabetes;

- Subjects taking other anti-epileptic drugs, including gabapentin, pregabalin,

topiramate, phenytoin, carbamazepine, and oxcarbazepine;

- Pregnancy (a serum bHCG pregnancy test will be performed as part of the initial blood


- Known or suspected allergy to succinimides, ethosuximide, methsuximide (Celontin®),


- Any history of mental illness or disorder, which in the investigators opinion,

interferes with the subjects ability to accurately report treatment response;

- Participation in other clinical trial in the 30 days prior to enrolment.

Locations and Contacts

Mark A Ware, MD, Phone: 514-934-1934, Ext: 42784, Email: mark.ware@muhc.mcgill.ca

McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1A4, Canada; Recruiting
Sylvie Toupin, Phone: 514-934-1934, Ext: 44348, Email: sylvie.toupin@mail.mcgill.ca
Mark A Ware, MD, Principal Investigator
Yoram Shir, MD, Sub-Investigator
Gary Bennet, PhD, Sub-Investigator
Additional Information

Starting date: September 2008
Last updated: September 17, 2009

Page last updated: October 19, 2009

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