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MS has been associated with fatigue, attention problems, and a number of cognitive difficulties. There is no treatment approved yet to treat these problems. We hypothesize that the addition of Provigil to an existing immunomodulatory agent (Avonex) will lead to improved fatigue, attention, and overall cognition in MS patients with attention problems.
MS has been associated with fatigue, attention problems, and a number of cognitive difficulties. There is no treatment approved yet to treat these problems. Although certain immunomodulatory treatments may slow the progression of cogntiive difficulties, they are not therapy for the progression of or new onset of such problems. Therefore, in order to treat such problems, it is likely that adjunctive medications focused on fatigue and cognition are needed. We hypothesize that the addition of Provigil to an existing immunomodulatory agent (Avonex) will lead to improved fatigue, attention, and overall cognition in MS patients with attention problems.
Study Period: 6 to 12-month competitive enrollment period, two groups (Avonex and Avonex +Provigil 200 mg QD ) undergo baseline (prior to starting Provigil), 2-month, and 4-month neuropsychological evaluations. Total length of study, once initiated, (including 2 month preparation period, 6 to 12-month competitive enrollment period through final four-month visit) is 12 to 18 months.
Primary Objective: To investigate whether Provigil in combination with Avonex is safe, and tolerable in patients with RRMS.
1. To determine whether Provigil (modafinil) in combination with Avonex(interferon β-1a) is useful in treating deficits in attention, as measured by objective neuropsychological tests, in patients with RR-MS
2. To determine whether combination therapy (Avonex +Provigil) favorably impacts other domains of cognition that are reliant on attention (e.g., memory, psychomotor functioning), as measured by objective neuropsychological tests, in patients with RR-MS
3. To determine whether improvement in fatigue (related to treatment) predicts improvements in attention and cognitive performance in MS patients
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
District of Columbia
Institute for Clinical Research
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:49:21-0400
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A form of multiple sclerosis characterized by a progressive deterioration in neurologic function which is in contrast to the more typical relapsing remitting form. If the clinical course is free of distinct remissions, it is referred to as primary progressive multiple sclerosis. When the progressive decline is punctuated by acute exacerbations, it is referred to as progressive relapsing multiple sclerosis. The term secondary progressive multiple sclerosis is used when relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis evolves into the chronic progressive form. (From Ann Neurol 1994;36 Suppl:S73-S79; Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp903-914)
A non-glycosylated form of interferon beta-1 that has a serine at position 17. It is used in the treatment of both RELAPSING-REMITTING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS and CHRONIC PROGRESSIVE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS.
A random polymer of L-ALANINE, L-GLUTAMIC ACID, L-LYSINE, and L-TYROSINE that structurally resembles MYELIN BASIC PROTEIN. It is used in the treatment of RELAPSING-REMITTING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS.
An autoimmune disorder mainly affecting young adults and characterized by destruction of myelin in the central nervous system. Pathologic findings include multiple sharply demarcated areas of demyelination throughout the white matter of the central nervous system. Clinical manifestations include visual loss, extra-ocular movement disorders, paresthesias, loss of sensation, weakness, dysarthria, spasticity, ataxia, and bladder dysfunction. The usual pattern is one of recurrent attacks followed by partial recovery (see MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, RELAPSING-REMITTING), but acute fulminating and chronic progressive forms (see MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, CHRONIC PROGRESSIVE) also occur. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p903)
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