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This is a phase II, randomized study of 120 adults age 18 or above who will prescribed 20mg daily Fluoxetine for 90 days following acute, ischemic stroke.


Clinical Trial Description

This is a prospective, phase II study of fluoxetine for motor recovery post-stroke in adults with new-onset ischemic stroke in urban Tanzania. Participants will be enrolled at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar Es Salaam after confirmation of exclusion and inclusion criteria, including a head CT. Participants will be enrolled within 14 days of acute, ischemic stroke. The study will utilize a novel method for monitoring patient medication adherence: electronic pill bottles that can record opening and closing of the bottle's cap. The primary goals of this study are to assess the safety and tolerability of fluoxetine post-stroke to evaluate the feasibility of conducting a larger, phase III study in the future.

Vital status will be monitored throughout the study's enrollment period. After discharge from the hospital, participants will be seen at 30-, 60-, and 90-days post-enrollment for an in-person study visit. At each time point, investigators will draw 10-15 mL of blood; download medication adherence data from participants' electronic pill bottles; and inquire about adverse events and evaluate patient disability through the modified Rankin Scale. If participants stop taking their daily pill, stroke specific reasons for non-adherence will be inquired including dysphagia, self-administration, and other concerns.

Primary assessments will be for safety and tolerability, as well as measurement of the Fugl-Meyer Motor Scale. Medication use data will also be collected through the electronic pill bottle cap, which will be returned to study investigators. As secondary assessments, the PHQ-9, and the Asberg Depressive Symptom Questionnaire will be administered. All 90-day assessments will be administered by senior site investigators, who will take a final 10-15mL blood draw to test for serum sodium and liver enzymes, possible adverse events related to long-term fluoxetine use, evaluate participant mRS, and inquire about tolerability issues. Completion of the 90-day visit and associated assessments is considered the study endpoint. ;


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NCT number NCT03728153
Study type Interventional
Source Massachusetts General Hospital
Contact Farrah J Mateen, MD, PhD
Phone 6177264540
Email fmateen@partners.org
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase Phase 2
Start date March 1, 2019
Completion date October 31, 2020

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