Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome clinical trials at UC Davis
1 research study open to eligible people
“Expanded access (compassionate use) of a treatment for Lambert-Eaton Syndrome”
open to eligible people ages 18 years and up
A new drug called 3,4-Diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP) is currently under investigation for treatment of the symptoms of Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS). This is an expanded access trial, which means that although data from this study will be collected and reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)and the drug manufacturer, this is not a formal study of drug in LEMS. If you decide volunteer, you will be evaluated by a neurologist to determine your eligibility to receive 3, 4-DAP by a review of your medical history, medication regimen (the medications you are taking) and a neurological examination. If you are a female of child-bearing potential, a serum pregnancy test will be done to ensure that you are not pregnant. Once it is determined that this treatment is appropriate for your care, you will begin taking 3, 4 DAP by mouth in slowly increasing doses. Treatment will begin with 5mg three times a day, as clinically needed, and if tolerated. You will be monitored for strength and side effects by routine clinic visits at initial intervals of once a month, increasing to intervals of every 12 months as permitted. Blood will be drawn (approximately 1 tablespoon) at every clinic visit or as often as the investigator deems necessary to assess your liver/kidney function and blood counts. You will have an EKG (a test to see how your heart is functioning) at your first study visit, after 6 months of taking 3,4 DAP and again every 2 years. Treatment will be continued indefinitely if a good clinical response is achieved. This study is planned to last indefinitely. The dosage of 3, 4DAP is individually adjusted. The usual range is 10-15 mg 3-4 times per day for the full effect and will increase by 50% every two weeks to 10-15 mg three to six times a day, as needed and if tolerated. Dosages above the full effect level will not provide an additional benefit and should not be used. 3, 4 DAP is a convulsant (causes seizures). A total of 100 mg/day is the maximum dosage allowed.