A Cardiac Safety Study of Galantamine in the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.
The objective of this trial was to investigate the effect of galantamine (an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor) on heart rate and PR interval (the time it takes for the heart's electrical impulse to get from the atria to the ventricles) during the administration of rapidly increasing doses and at the end of a 2-week treatment period with 32 mg per day in patients with Alzheimer's disease.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Placebo-Controlled Evaluation of Galantamine in the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease: A Cardiac Safety Study.|
- Hourly mean heart rates and PR intervals during each of the 24-hour Holter monitoring periods; Twenty-four hour mean, minimum and maximum heart rates and PR intervals during each of the 24-hour Holter monitoring periods
- Pharmacokinetics and other safety parameters including ECG parameters were other parameters of interest.
|Study Completion Date:||October 1999|
This 6-week, double-blind, parallel group trial was also designed to detect cardiac arrhythmias and conduction disturbances, such as heart block. Holter monitors and Electrocardiograms were used to measure cardiac parameters at baseline, at the end of Week 2 (first dose of 12 mg twice daily), at the end of Week 4 (first dose of 16 mg twice daily) and at Week 6 (after 2 weeks of maximum tolerated dose allowed in the trial, i.e., 24 or 32 mg/day). Other safety data collected were adverse event reports, urine and blood analysis, vital signs and physical examination. Drug levels in the blood were also tested. Patients were randomized to receive either placebo or galantamine up to 32 mg daily (i.e., 4 mg twice daily in Week 1, 8 mg twice daily in Week 2, 12 mg twice daily in Weeks 3 and 4, and 16 mg twice daily in Weeks 5 and 6). Dosage could be reduced from 16 mg twice daily to 12 mg twice daily during the first 3 days of the 32 mg/day dosing period, if a patient could not tolerate the higher dose. This titration is more rapid and the dose is higher than currently recommended for treatment.
|Study Director:||Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L. C. Clinical Trial||Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.|