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EARLY 3-Months Aggrenox Treatment Started Within 24 Hrs of Ischemic Stroke Onset vs. After One Week 100 mg ASA

Information source: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on February 12, 2009
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Cerebrovascular Accident

Intervention: Aggrenox bid (ASA 25mg/Dipyridamole ER 200mg (Drug); ASA 100 mg qd (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Boehringer Ingelheim, Study Chair, Affiliation: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

Overall contact:
Boehringer Ingelheim Study Coordinator, Phone: 800-542-6257, Ext: Option 4, Email: clintriage.rdg@boehringer-ingelheim.com


German stroke units are hesitating to use Aggrenox for secondary ischaemic stroke / transient ischaemic attack (TIA) prevention in a sub-acute treatment setting. They argue that clinical experience with sub-acute Aggrenox treatment is limited and poorly documented when compared with sub-acute acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) treatment. However, long term treatment (started after 3-6 months after stroke/TIA) with Aggrenox was safe and superior to ASA treatment in preventing recurrent strokes. There is no evidence for ASA to prevent from neurological progression after stroke during the first 3 months. Results from a cohort study suggest that starting Aggrenox within 72 hours after stroke predicts clinical improvement in the NIHSS at discharge from the hospital. Dipyridamole suppresses acute inflammatory responses to stroke.

This study is designed to investigate the tolerability and efficacy of a secondary stroke prevention treatment with Aggrenox when initiated within 24 hours of stroke onset on a stroke unit compared to later initiation after a 7 day ASA treatment and outside off a stroke unit setting.

Clinical Details

Official title: EARLY: Prospective, Randomised, National, Multi-Centre, Open-Label, Blinded Endpoint Study to Compare Aggrenox b.i.d. (200 mg Dipyridamole MR + 25 mg Acetylsalicylic Acid) When Started Within 24 Hours of Stroke Onset on an Acute Stroke Unit, and Aggrenox b.i.d. When Started After a 7-Day Therapy With ASA 100 mg Once Daily Outside Off an Acute Stroke Unit, in Symptomatic Ischaemic Stroke Patients Over a Three Months Treatment Period an Exploratory Study

Study design: Treatment, Parallel Assignment, Safety/Efficacy Study

Primary outcome: Telephone modified Rankin Scale (centralised, blinded assessment)

Secondary outcome: NIHSS,mRS (assessed by investigator)Time to first relevant event (vascular or non vascular death,non fatal stroke,non fatal myocardial infarction,bleeding complication),centralised,blinded assessment;MRI,centralised, blinded assessment;Laboratory


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


Inclusion Criteria:

- Clinical diagnosis of ischaemic stroke causing a measurable neurological deficit defined

as impairment of language, motor function, cognition and/or gaze, vision or neglect. Symptoms must be distinguishable from an episode of generalised ischaemia (i. e. syncope), seizure, or migraine disorder.

Main inclusion criteria:

- Patients at risk of stroke who have had transient ischaemia of the brain or completed

ischaemic stroke due to thrombosis

- Symptoms of ischaemic attack began less than 24 hours prior to study medication start,

are to be present for at least 30 minutes and have not significantly improved before start of treatment.

- Patients are eligible for platelet inhibiting treatment.

- NIHSS between 5 and 20 (at pre-screening and screening).

- Actual mRS (at baseline) is worse than retrospective mRS (before stroke).

- A contraindication for stroke lysis is given.

- Patients are able to give (at least oral) informed consent and to swallow either


Exclusion Criteria:

- Hypersensitivity to any of the components of the product or salicylates.

- Patients with active gastric or duodenal ulcers or with bleeding disorders.

- Pregnancy during the third trimester.

- Lysis therapy.

- A platelet inhibiting therapy with ASA doses of more than 100 mg per day, or with

clopidogrel of any dose has been planned or started.

- Time of onset of stroke symptoms is unknown (when a stroke happened during

night-/sleeping time, bedtime is assumed as time of onset).

Locations and Contacts

Boehringer Ingelheim Study Coordinator, Phone: 800-542-6257, Ext: Option 4, Email: clintriage.rdg@boehringer-ingelheim.com

9.182.1 Boehringer Ingelheim Investigational Site, Bad Homburg, Germany; Recruiting
Additional Information

Starting date: July 2007
Last updated: December 11, 2008

Page last updated: February 12, 2009

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