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Title: IVMT for Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Pilot Study
Status: Completed
Topic: Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Funding Source: National Institutes of Health/NCCAM
Funding Period: 12/03-12/07
Study Design: Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study
Purpose: To assess the effectiveness and safety of the use of intravenous micronutrient therapy (IVMT) for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Further Study Details: Approximately 40 adults with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia were enrolled in this pilot study. Half of the group was assigned to the active treatment (Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy, or IVMT), the other half to placebo. Participants received the treatment once a week for 8 consecutive weeks. The primary outcomes of interest were pain, functional status, and quality of life.
Findings: The study results suggested that IVMT for fibromyalgia demonstrated a therapeutic effect, but did not definitively establish the extent of the effect because the placebo group also showed improvement. The lack of significant differences between the active group and the placebo group was likely due to a placebo effect of IV treatment, small sample size, and attenuation of treatment effects with cessation of weekly infusions. Further study with requisite sample size is warranted.
Eligibility: Adult men and women previously diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Changed at: 1/18/2011 6:47 AM Changed by: Judy Treu
Created at: 8/31/2010 9:56 AM Created by: Griffin Hospital