for people ages 21-80 (full criteria)
at Irvine, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



ALS is a disorder that weakens motor strength and lung function. Rapid loss of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord of ALS patients causes the symptoms of increasing weakness and loss of muscle function. Motor neurons are responsible for sending signals to muscles in our bodies to trigger movement. While there are drugs to help relieve symptoms of ALS, there is no cure for ALS. Rasagiline is a drug with possible neuroprotective characteristics. Neuroprotective means that the nervous system may be protected against weakening. It is known that rasagiline has possible neuroprotective characteristics, but the effectiveness of rasagiline for patients with ALS has not been tested. Rasagiline is approved for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Rasagiline for treatment of ALS is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is investigational. Investigational drugs are studied to find out if they are safe and effective in the treatment of diseases or conditions. By doing this study, researchers hope to learn if rasagiline is safe and slows disease progression in patients with ALS. Funding Source - FDA OOPD.

Official Title

Phase 2 Study of Rasagiline for Treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis


The study is a phase II, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study of rasagiline 2mg/day. Subjects will be assigned to either active agent or placebo (3:1) for twelve months. Subjects will undergo outpatient evaluations at screening, baseline, and months 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 and telephone assessments at months 3, 5, 7 and 9. There will be a close-out phone call 30 days post month 12.


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Sclerosis Motor Neuron Disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Rasagiline


You can join if…

Open to people ages 21-80

  1. A clinical diagnosis of laboratory-supported probable, probable, or definite ALS, according to a modified El Escorial criteria, by the study investigator (Appendix IV).
  2. 21 to 80 years of age inclusive.
  3. VC greater or equal to 75% of predicted at screening and baseline.
  4. Onset of weakness within 2 years prior to enrollment.
  5. If patients are taking riluzole for ALS, they must be on a stable dose for at least thirty days prior to the baseline visit.
  6. Women of childbearing age must be non-lactating and surgically sterile or using an effective method of birth control and have a negative pregnancy test.
  7. Willing and able to give signed informed consent that has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Requirement for tracheotomy ventilation or non-invasive ventilation for > 23 hours per day.
  2. Patients on sympathomimetic agents. This includes pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, and ephedrine.
  3. Patients on analgesics with serotoninergic properties such as meperidine, tramadol, methadone and propoxyphene, flexeril.
  4. Patients on fluoxetine or fluvoxamine.
  5. Patients taking amitriptyline > 50 mg/d, trazodone and sertraline > 100 mg/d, citalogram > 20 mg/d or paroxetine > 30 mg/d.
  6. Diagnosis of other neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, etc).
  7. Clinically significant history of unstable medical illness (unstable angina, advanced cancer, etc) over the last 30 days.
  8. Has a diaphragm pacing device or plan on obtaining a diaphragm pacing device during the course of the study.
  9. History of renal disease.
  10. . History of liver disease.
  11. . Current pregnancy or lactation.
  12. . Limited mental capacity such that the patient cannot provide written informed consent or comply with evaluation procedures.
  13. . History of recent alcohol or drug abuse or noncompliance with treatment or other experimental protocols.
  14. . Vital Capacity (VC) < 75% of predicted.
  15. . Receipt of any investigational drug within the past 30 days.
  16. . Women with the potential to become pregnant who are not practicing effective birth control.
  17. . Poorly controlled hypertensive subjects or resting blood pressure SBP > 160 mmHg and/or DBP > 95 mmHg.
  18. . Use of BiPAP at screening.


  • University of California - Irvine
    Irvine California 92868 United States
  • Phoenix Neurological Associates
    Phoenix Arizona 85018 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
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Richard Barohn, MD
Phase 2
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