Add-on Therapy With Low Dose Fenfluramine in Lennox Gastaut Epilepsy (FFA-LGS)

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Catholic University (KU) of Leuven

Status and phase

Active, not recruiting
Phase 2

Conditions

Epilepsy
Lennox Gastaut Syndrome

Treatments

Drug: Fenfluramine

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other
Industry

Identifiers

NCT02655198
S58545

Details and patient eligibility

About

In this trial, the potential anti-epileptic effect of low dose fenfluramine in Lennox Gastaut epilepsy will be studied. An exploratory dose finding add-on trial is proposed. At baseline and at the end of the study, ECG and ultrasound of the heart will be performed as part of the safety follow up.

Enrollment

13 patients

Sex

All

Ages

3 to 18 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion criteria

Electro-clinical epilepsy syndrome compatible with Lennox Gastaut syndrome:

  • Minimum requirements (based on ILAE epilepsydiagnosis.org):

    • Multiple seizure types including in any case tonic seizures
    • EEG shows slow spike waves and abnormal background
    • Abnormal cognitive development
    • MRI compatible with Lennox Gastaut epilepsy : no progressive disease
  • Drug resistant:

    • at least 4 documented seizures in the last 4 weeks before inclusion (minimum 4 seizures in at least 2 separate weeks) Seizure types eligible for inclusion are : generalized tonic-clonic seizures GTC , tonic seizures TS , atonic seizures AS or clearly recognizable focal seizures FS.
    • on >= 2 AEDs (including VNS) during the 4 weeks before inclusion (no changes in treatment before inclusion and during the trial)
  • Age between 3 and 18 years

  • Subject is male or non-pregnant, non-lactating female. Female subjects of childbearing potential must not be pregnant or breast-feeding. Female subjects of childbearing potential must have a negative urine pregnancy test. Subjects of childbearing or child-fathering potential must be willing to use medically acceptable forms of birth control, which includes abstinence, while being treated on this study and for 90 days after the last dose of study drug.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Known clinical cardiovascular abnormalities (including valvular problems, shunts, pulmonary hypertension, exercise intolerance)
  • Any cardiac ultrasound/ECG abnormalities at baseline
  • Weight below percentile 3 for age at baseline
  • Subject is receiving concomitant therapy with: centrally-acting anorectic agents; monoamine oxidase inhibitors; any centrally-acting compound with clinically appreciable amount of serotonin agonist or antagonist properties, including serotonin reuptake inhibition; atomoxetine, or other centrally-acting noradrenergic agonist; cyproheptadine, and/or cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2D6/3A4/2B6 inhibitors/substrates.
  • Subject is unwilling to refrain from large or daily servings of grapefruits and/or Seville oranges, and their juices beginning with the Baseline Period and throughout the study.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

N/A

Interventional model

Single Group Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

13 participants in 1 patient group

fenfluramine
Experimental group
Description:
Experimental : one armed open label study : Add-on fenfluramine in refractory Lennox Gastaut patients. Starting dose 0.2mg/kg/day. In non-responders (<50% seizure frequency decrease), dose will be uptitrated every 4 weeks from 0,2 to 0,4 and max 0,8 mg/kg/day (max 30 mg). Total duration study and max exposure to the drug 20 weeks
Treatment:
Drug: Fenfluramine

Trial contacts and locations

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