A Placebo-Controlled Trial of Pregabalin (Lyrica) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Study type:

    Interventional What is this?

    Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Study phase:

    II What is this?

    During the early phases (phases 1 and 2), researchers assess safety, side effects, optimal dosages and risks/benefits. In the later phase (phase 3), researchers study whether the treatment works better than the current standard therapy. They also compare the safety of the new treatment with that of current treatments. Phase 3 trials include large numbers of people to make sure that the result is valid. There are also less common very early (phase 0) and later (phase 4) phases. Phase 0 trials are small trials that help researchers decide if a new agent should be tested in a phase 1 trial. Phase 4 trials look at long-term safety and effectiveness, after a new treatment has been approved and is on the market.

Study IDs

  • Site IRB:

    • Rochester, Minnesota: 09-004404
  • NCT ID:

  • Sponsor Protocol Number:


About this study

This study is being done to see if Lyrica helps people with irritable bowel syndrome. Lyrica is the trade name for pregabalin, which was first approved by the FDA in June 2005 and has been available through prescription since fall 2005, and is marketed by Pfizer. Lyrica is known to have clinical efficacy treating pain disorders including irritable bowel syndrome-related conditions such as fibromyalgia.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

See eligibility criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Established diagnosis of IBS
  • Experience pain with relief with defecation
  • 50/100 or greater of pain or discomfort scores during the two-week baseline period
  • At least three pain attacks in a month, with at least three episodes of pain intensity equal to or exceeding 50/100
  • 18-70 years of age
  • U.S. resident
  • English-speaking (able to provide consent and complete questionnaires)
  • Able to participate in all aspects of the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known alternative/concurrent gastrointestinal diagnosis (e.g. Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, microscopic colitis, active celiac sprue, chronic pancreatitis or pancreatic insufficiency, scleroderma, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, bacterial overgrowth, recent (<6 months) intestinal bacterial/protozoal/ parasitic infections, HIV, fecal incontinence, small bowel or colonic resection, unresolved or active pelvic floor dysfunction, paraplegia or quadriplegia);
  • Current symptoms of severe depression, as measured by Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) score (greater or less than 15);
  • Mental retardation or any condition requiring a legal guardian;
  • Current or past history of psychotic disorder (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder)
  • Recent or current use (within past 30 days) of drugs that interact with Pregabalin:
  • ACE inhibitors (e.g. Zestril, Altace, Lotensin)
  • Rosiglitazone (Avandia) or Pioglitazone (Actos)
  • Narcotic anti-pain medications (e.g. oxycodone, morphine)
  • Anti-anxiety medications (e.g. lorazepam, alprazolam, diazepam)
  • Unable to withdraw medications at least 72 hours prior to the study, because we will evaluate patient's response to pregabalin therapy for relief of IBS-associated pain and disturbed sleep.
    1. Non-narcotic anti-pain medications (e.g. nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAIDs), ultram, neurontin, etc.)
    2. Mexiletine, steroids, dextromethorphan.
    3. Insomnia medications (e.g. benzodiazepines, zolpidem, diphenhydramine, melatonin, etc.)
  • Planned surgery (especially transplant) or anesthesia exposure during trial
  • Are pregnant, lactating, likely to become pregnant during medication phase and not willing to use a reliable form of contraception (barrier contraceptives, diaphragm, injections, intrauterine device, surgical sterilization, or abstinence)
  • Recent or current use (within 30 days) of Pregabalin
  • Known allergy to Pregabalin
  • Significant acute or chronic progressive neurologic, hepatic, renal, cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic disease
  • Recent history of alcohol or substance dependence use or abuse
  • Another household member or relative participating in the study
  • Professional drivers or operators of heavy machinery
  • Major cardiovascular events in the last 6 months
  • Use of IBS-specific drugs such as tegaserod (Zelnorm) and Lotronex (Alosetron) (within 30 days)
  • Participation in another clinical trial (within 30 days)

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Yuri Saito Loftus, M.D.

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Ann Almazar