This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition myasthenia gravis
Treatments mycophenolic acid, aza
Sponsor Qualitix Clinical Research Co., Ltd.
Start date May 2009
End date May 2011
Trial size 40 participants
Trial identifier NCT00997412, CERL080ATW07T


This is an randomized, double-blind, double-dummy trial, and the objective is to compare the efficacy and safety of Mycophenolic acid (MA) and Azathioprine (AZA), immunosuppressive drugs, in myasthenia gravis patients. This prospective study will enroll 40 myasthenia gravis (MG) patients who are poor controlled under prior steroid therapy. All subjects should be randomly assigned to MA group and AZA group that will receive routine pyridostigmine and prednisolone in combination with MA or AZA.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model crossover assignment
Masking double blind (subject, investigator)
Primary purpose treatment
MA group: 1 tablet AZA placebo and 4 tablets MA (180mg/tab,720 mg/day) twice daily
mycophenolic acid
180 mg/tablet, 4 tablets twice daily
(Active Comparator)
AZA group: 1 tablet AZA (50mg/tab) and 4 tablets MA placebo twice daily
1 tablet AZA (50 mg/tab) and 4 tablets MA placebo twice daily

Primary Outcomes

The ratio of two arms patients achieve minimal manifestation (MM, i.e. complete remission)
time frame: One year after treatment

Secondary Outcomes

Osserman clinical classification
time frame: One year after treatment
Myasthenia gravis (MG) score
time frame: One year after treatment

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 20 years up to 70 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Male or female age between 20-70 (including 20 and 70 years old). - Osserman II and III Myasthenia Gravis. - Positive serum anti-acetylcholine receptor antibodies. - Poor control of disease with daily dose of prednisone ≥ 30 mg or 0.5 mg/kg at 3 months before enrollment. - Without immunosuppressive therapy other than steroid. Exclusion Criteria: - Ocular MG or minimal clinical syndrome that would not require the therapy of steroids. - Negative serum anti-acetylcholine receptor antibodies. - Use immunosuppressants other than steroids in the preceding year. - Previous use other investigational medication within 3 months or current participate other clinical study. - Poor renal function: serum creatinine > 3.0 mg/dl or estimated creatinine clearance < 30 ml/min - Females who are pregnancy or breast-feeding. - Recent history, within 5 years, of malignancy - Unwilling or unable to participate the necessary continuous visits and examinations.

Additional Information

Official title Randomized, Double-blind, Double-dummy Trial of Mycophenolic Acid Versus Azathioprine in the Treatment of Corticosteroid-refractory Myasthenia Gravis
Principal investigator Jiann-Horng Yeh, M.D.
Description This will be a double-dummy study to keep the blinded quality. - MA group: 1 tablet AZA placebo and 4 tables MA (180 mg/tab,720 mg/day) twice daily. - AZA group: 1 tablet AZA (50mg/tab) and 4 tables MA placebo twice daily. - When patients achieve minimal manifestation (MM, i.e. complete remission), which lead to normal daily routine, the dose of pyridostigmine should reduce to 240 mg/day (4 tablets) or less. The dose of steroid should be stepped down by 10 mg qod (every other day) for every 2 weeks until the dose achieves 40 mg qod. After that, the dose should be stepped down by 5 mg qod for every month. - When disease progresses and is no longer maintaining minimal manifestation, the dose of steroid will be stepped up by 10 mg qod for every 2 weeks until achieve clinical stable remission. The taper rule of steroid could start again 1 month after stabilization. - Every patient will be treated for 1 year. If the patient could not achieve MM within 1 year, the blind of individual patient will be opened and the patients will be crossed over to another medical treatment. The efficacy and safety of second medication will be observed openly until the end of study. - When the muscle weakness worsens under established study schedule, plasmapheresis could be conducted to improve the condition rapidly.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2009.
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