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Gainesville, Florida 32610


The purpose of this study is to find whether treating patients with diarrhea predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with an anti-inflammatory drug called Mesalamine will help improve their symptoms of diarrhea, bloating and abdominal pain.

Study summary:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder affecting about 20% of the United States population and comprising almost 50% of referrals to gastroenterology practices. Although the pathophysiology of IBS is poorly understood, more recently, both inflammation and an increased intestinal permeability have been identified as potential factors in the etiology of diarrhea-predominant IBS patients(dIBS). Despite the potential of an inflammatory etiology for IBS, few studies have examined the efficacy of anti-inflammatory agents such as mesalamine in patients with IBS. The primary objective of our study is to determine the efficacy of Apriso™ (Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc), a long-acting mesalamine, in the treatment of patients with dIBS. Apriso™, is a mesalamine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 31, 2008 for the maintenance of remission in patients with active, mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. The investigators will perform a randomized, double-blind, cross-over trial of mesalamine compared to placebo in patients with dIBS. This study will analyze both the objective and subjective measures of improvement in IBS symptoms. The subjective measures will include improvements in the overall symptom severity scores and the Global Improvement Scale (GIS) and the objective measures will include histological measures of inflammation as well as improvements in the intestinal membrane permeability of treated subjects. The investigators will demonstrate that during the 12 weeks treatment period with mesalamine, subjects will have improvements in their overall symptom scores, GIS scores, and will have a reduction in intestinal inflammation and also prohibit a likely improvement in Intestinal membrane permeability.


Inclusion Criteria: - Male and female aged 18-65 years old - Functional Bowel Disorder Severity Index Score above 37 - Normal complete blood count, liver function studies and renal function studies - Serologies done to rule out Celiac Spure or patient has prior negative EGD with small bowel biopsies which have been negative - Infectious diarrhea ruled out by stool studies - Negative colonoscopy Exclusion Criteria: - Any history of chronic liver disease, heart disease, pulmonary or renal disease - Abnormal EKG - Women with positive pregnancy tests - Patient on steroids, antacids, or warfarin or chronic pain conditions other than fibromyalgia - Patients who drink over 2oz alcohol/day on a regular basis Any other causes for diarrhea such as IBD, microscopic colitis, celiac disease, history of abdominal obstruction, pancreatitis, ileus, or any gastrointestinal bleeding. - Patients with active malignancy in the past five years - Patient with any history of hypersensitivity reactions to salicylate containing medications due to cross-sensitivity with mesalamine or allergy to mesalamine medications in the past - Any subjects with fibromyalgia will be excluded from the pain testing portion only - History of Phenylketonuria due to the asparatame contained in Apriso



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Baharak Moshiree, MD, MS
University of Florida

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Location Contact:

Gainesville, Florida 32610
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: August 31, 2019

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