Working… Menu

Vitamin D in the Treatment of Primary Restless Legs Syndrome

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02256215
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified April 2015 by Siraj Omar Wali, King Abdulaziz University.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : October 3, 2014
Last Update Posted : April 6, 2015
King AbdulAziz City for Science and Technology
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Siraj Omar Wali, King Abdulaziz University

Brief Summary:

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a sensorimotor disorder that syndrome may substantially interfere with normal sleep, leading to significant impairment in patients' productivity and quality of life.

The most common and potent of all treatment regimens are the dopaminergic agonist agents, which carry serious adverse events in their prolonged use despite their augmentation. A few basic studies have suggested a potential relationship between vitamin D and RLS. It has been implicated that dopaminergic system dysfunction plays a role in the development of RLS, while vitamin D has a protective effect on that system. This has been further substantiated by few clinical observations that showed prompt improvement of RLS patients upon receiving dopaminergic agents such as carbamazepine. Other studies have revealed low serum levels of vitamin D in RLS patients, along with remarkable improvement after vitamin D replacement therapy, as has been demonstrated in a recent pilot study.

This collectively points at vitamin D as a potential, more natural and safer treatment option for those suffering from RLS. However, the role of vitamin D in RLS has not been effectively investigated. The aim of this 12-week, triple-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial is to confirm the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and RLS and hence elucidate the efficacy of vitamin D replacement therapy in reducing the severity of RLS, with predictions that the results will contribute to better understanding of the disease and its management.

Methods and Materials: This 12-week, double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial is take place over a duration of 2 years. It will be held in the city of Jeddah to assess a sample of Saudi residents of the Western region.

It is comprised of a number of visits, with the first one consisting of a questionnaire that is to be answered regarding RLS, physical examination, electromyography, the objective multiple Suggested Immobilization test, and blood tests. The main purpose of the second visit is to establish a diagnosis of RLS.

Clinic visits number 3 through 6 comprise the pre-randomizaiton phase. Their purpose is to determine the patient's adherence to trial procedures and pharmacological treatment.

Then, patients are to visit the clinic every two weeks for the first two months, then at week 12. Patients will be assessed in regards to treatment response and adverse effects through history and physical examination along with further blood tests.

Aim: to confirm the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and RLS and hence elucidate the efficacy of vitamin D replacement therapy in reducing the severity of RLS, with predictions that the results will contribute to better understanding of the disease and its management.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Restless Legs Syndrome Drug: Vitamin D Phase 2 Phase 3

Layout table for study information
Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 106 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Vitamin D in the Treatment of Primary Restless Legs Syndrome: 12 Weeks, Triple-blinded, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Trial
Study Start Date : December 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2017

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

Drug Information available for: Vitamin D

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Vitamin D
• All patients will have their serum vitamin D levels measured at the baseline visit. Those assigned to the treatment arm (group A) will receive either 50,000 international units of vitamin D3 by mouth once or more per week for six to eight weeks, then 800 to 1000 (or more) international units of vitamin D3 daily thereafter, this is according to the recommendations of the Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline 2011. Group B patients will receive placebo supplements identical in appearance to the vitamin D supplements.
Drug: Vitamin D
Placebo Comparator: Placebo

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in The International Restless Legs Scale (IRLS) total score [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.

Layout table for eligibility information
Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Newly diagnosed or already diagnosed patients with primary RLS and vitamin D deficiency.
  2. Patients that are not currently receiving any treatment for RLS or vitamin D replacement therapy.
  3. Patients from 18 to 75 years old.
  4. Patients otherwise are in good general health.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients diagnosed with secondary RLS. i.e.: patients with:

1. Iron deficiency anemia 2. End-stage renal disease. 3. Diabetes mellitus (DM). 4. Peripheral neuropathy. 5. Multiple sclerosis (MS). 6. Pregnancy.

2. Patients with other mimicking disorders or primary sleep disorders. E.g.:

  1. Arthritis.
  2. Deep venous thrombosis.
  3. Varicose veins or venous insufficiency.
  4. Habitual foot tapping.

3. Patients receiving medications that can trigger RLS. i.e.:

  1. Anti hypertensive medications. E.g. Use of thiazide diuretics at a total dose greater than 37.5 mg/day.
  2. Anti convulsion medications.e.g. Use of anticonvulsant drug started within 6 months of screening. Stable regimen of anticonvulsants is allowed.
  3. Antinausea drugs (prochlorperazine or metoclopramide).
  4. Antipsychotic drugs (haloperidol or phenothiazine derivatives).
  5. Anti depressants (SSRIs).
  6. Antihistamines as in cold and allergy medications.

4. Patients with current medications or conditions that would interfere with vitamin D absorption:

1. Celiac disease. 2. Chron's disease. 3. Chronic pancreatitis. 4. Cystic fibrosis. 5. Weight-loss drug e.g. orlistat. 6. Cholesterol-lowering drug e.g. cholestyramine

5. Patients with contraindications for vitamin D supplements. i.e.:

  1. Hyperparathyroidism.
  2. Kidney stones.
  3. Liver diseases.
  4. Granulomatous disorders (sarcoidosis, tuberculosis)

6. Patients 17 years old and younger.

7. Use of supplements containing vitamin D at total doses higher than 1000 IU/day within 12 weeks of the baseline visit initiating the protocol and unwillingness to limit vitamin D supplementation dosage to no higher than 1000 IU/day for the duration of the study.

8. Use of supplements containing calcium at total doses higher than 600 mg/day within 1 week of the baseline visit initiating the protocol and unwillingness to limit calcium supplementation dosage to no more than 600 mg/day for the duration of the study.

9. History of intolerance to vitamin D supplements.

10. Women only: A. Pregnancy (past 1 year by report or positive pregnancy test at screening), intent to become pregnant in the next 4 years or unprotected intercourse. History of gestational diabetes is not an exclusion criterion.

B. Currently breastfeeding. C. Use of oral contraceptives or menopausal hormone therapy started within 3 months of baseline. Stable regimen of oral contraceptives or any other hormonal method of contraception (e.g. implantable) is allowed.

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Layout table for additonal information
Responsible Party: Siraj Omar Wali, Assistant professor, King Abdulaziz University Identifier: NCT02256215     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RLSD-1234
First Posted: October 3, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 6, 2015
Last Verified: April 2015
Keywords provided by Siraj Omar Wali, King Abdulaziz University:
Vitamin D
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Layout table for MeSH terms
Psychomotor Agitation
Restless Legs Syndrome
Pathologic Processes
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Psychomotor Disorders
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Sleep Disorders, Intrinsic
Sleep Wake Disorders
Mental Disorders
Vitamin D
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Bone Density Conservation Agents
Calcium-Regulating Hormones and Agents