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|Eligible Ages||18 Years - 80 Years|
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Phase 1: Studies that emphasize safety and how the drug is metabolized and excreted in humans.
Phase 2: Studies that gather preliminary data on effectiveness (whether the drug works in people who have a certain disease or condition) and additional safety data.
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The sponsor is the organization or person who oversees the clinical study and is responsible for analyzing the study data.
|Brigham and Women's Hospital|
The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.
|David Systrom, MD|
|Principal Investigator Affiliation||Brigham and Women's Hospital|
Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.
|Overall Status||Enrolling by invitation|
The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.
|Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Exercise Intolerance, Dysautonomia, Low Ventricular Filling Pressures (Preload Failure), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Orthostatic Hypotension, Fibromyalgia|
The hypothesis of our study is that hemodynamic, ventilatory and oxygen exchange variables such biventricular filling pressures and systemic oxygen extraction can be improved by cholinergic stimulation in patients with ME/CFS. The objective of this study is to examine the exercise response to pharmacologic cholinergic stimulation in ME/CFS patients already undergoing a clinically indicated level 3 cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET). This will be achieved by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase with pyridostigmine, thus increasing acetylcholine levels, downstream levels of norepinephrine, and enhancing vascular regulation. To test our hypothesis, we propose the following specific aims: Define the response of peak oxygen uptake (VO2) to pyridostigmine. Define the gas exchange responses, such as end-tidal CO2 and ventilatory efficiency to pyridostigmine. Define the hemodynamic responses, such as right atrial pressures, pulmonary artery pressure, pulmonary capillary wedge pressures, cardiac output, heart rate, stroke volume, pulmonary vascular resistance and systemic vascular resistance to pyridostigmine. Evaluate the response of skeletal muscle oxygen extraction and lactate to pyridostigmine. These determinations will occur during a clinically indicated level 3 CPET, which includes exercising on a stationary cycle with a right heart catheter (RHC) and a radial arterial line in place. To stimulate the cholinergic response, a single dose of an oral acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, pyridostigmine, versus placebo will be given after the level 3 CPET. Recovery cycling will be performed after a rest period of 50 minutes. This will be administered in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Active Comparator: Study Drug - Pyridostigmine
Pyridostigmine 60 mg by mouth as a one time dose
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo by mouth as a one time dose
Drug: - Pyridostigmine Bromide
Pyridostigmine Bromide 60 mg capsule by mouth as a one time dose
Drug: - Placebo
Placebo (Cellulose microcrystalline) capsule by mouth as a one time dose
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Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, 02215