Clinical trial: The efficacy of open-label prucalopride treatment in patients with chronic constipation - Follow-up of patients from the pivotal studies

M. Camilleri, M. J. Van Outryve, G. Beyens, R. Kerstens, P. Robinson, L. Vandeplassche

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Background Prucalopride is approved in Europe for symptomatic treatment of chronic constipation in women with inadequate relief from laxatives. Aim To evaluate efficacy of prucalopride during long-term treatment of patients with chronic constipation. Methods Patients from three pivotal double-blind, placebo-controlled, 12-week studies with prucalopride could continue treatment in open-label studies up to 24 months. Efficacy was evaluated every 3 months using the Patient Assessment of Constipation-Quality of Life (PAC-QOL) satisfaction scale. Laxative use and reasons for study discontinuation were recorded. Results Eighty-six percent of patients who completed the pivotal studies continued prucalopride treatment in the open-label studies (n = 1455, 90% female). Improvement in average PAC-QOL satisfaction score observed after 12- week, double-blind prucalopride was maintained during open-label treatment for up to 18 months; in each 3 month period, 40-50% of patients did not use any laxatives. Most frequent adverse events (AEs) resulting in discontinuation were gastrointestinal events (3.3%) and headache (1.0%). Only 10% of patients who had normalized bowel function on prucalopride at the end of pivotal trials discontinued due to insufficient response during open- label treatment. Conclusion Satisfaction with bowel function is maintained for up to 18 months of treatment with prucalopride. Gastrointestinal events and headache cause discontinuation of prucalopride treatment in ∼ 5% of patients ( identifiers: NCT01070615 and NCT00987844).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1113-1123
Number of pages11
JournalAlimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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