Effects of mexiletine on hyperexcitability in sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Preliminary findings from a small phase II randomized controlled trial
© 2020 Wiley Periodicals LLC Background: To collect preliminary data on the effects of mexiletine on cortical and axonal hyperexcitability in sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in a phase 2 double-blind randomized controlled trial. Methods: Twenty ALS subjects were randomized to placebo and mexiletine 300 or 600 mg daily for 4 wk and assessed by transcranial magnetic stimulation and axonal excitability studies. The primary endpoint was change in resting motor threshold (RMT). Results: RMT was unchanged with 4 wk of mexiletine (combined active therapies) as compared to placebo, which showed a significant increase (P =.039). Reductions of motor evoked potential (MEP) amplitude (P =.013) and accommodation half-time (P =.002), secondary outcome measures of cortical and axonal excitability, respectively, were also evident at 4 wk on mexiletine. Conclusions: The relative stabilization of RMT in the treated subjects was unexpected and could be attributed to unaccounted sources of error or chance. However, a possible alternative cause is neuromodulation preventing an increase. The change in MEP amplitude and accommodation half-time supports the reduction of cortical and axonal hyperexcitability with mexiletine.
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Weiss, Michael D.; Macklin, Eric A.; McIlduff, Courtney E.; Vucic, Steve; Wainger, Brian J.; Kiernan, Matthew C.; Goutman, Stephen A.; Goyal, Namita A.; Rutkove, Seward B.; Ladha, Shafeeq S.; Chen, I. Hweii Amy; Harms, Matthew B.; Brannagan, Thomas H.; Lacomis, David; Zivkovic, Sasha; Ma, Maxwell; Wang, Leo H.; Simmons, Zachary; Rivner, Michael H.; Shefner, Jeremy M.; Cudkowicz, Merit E.; and Atassi, Nazem, "Effects of mexiletine on hyperexcitability in sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Preliminary findings from a small phase II randomized controlled trial" (2021). Neurology Articles. 573.