Testing the Effects of Oxybutynin for the Treatment of Hot Flashes in Men Receiving Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

  • End date
    Mar 26, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
Updated on 26 July 2022


This phase II trial compares the effect of oxybutynin versus placebo for reducing hot flashes in men receiving androgen deprivation (hormone) therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer . Androgen deprivation therapy decreases testosterone and other androgens through medications or surgical removal of the testicles. Relative to placebo, low- or high-dose oxybutynin may reduce hot flashes in men receiving androgen deprivation therapy.


The primary and secondary objectives of the study:


I. To assess the effects of two doses of oxybutynin chloride (oxybutynin) on hot flash scores relative to placebo.


I. To assess study accrual rates and compliance with the therapy. II. To characterize the safety and adverse event profile of two doses of oxybutynin in the study population.

III. To evaluate the consistency of the results across the various methods used to evaluate the efficacy of oxybutynin (i.e., hot flash scores versus hot flash frequencies, mean differences versus 50% or greater reduction since baseline, single day versus full week to define patients' baseline hot flash scores).

IV. To compare patient-reported quality of life and hot flash interference, as measured by the Hot Flash Related Daily Interference Scale (HFRDIS), across arms.

V. To compare other changes in patient symptoms, as measured by the Symptom Experience Questionnaire, across arms.

OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 4 arms in a 2:2:1:1 ratio according to the dynamic allocation scheme.

ARM A: Patients receive low-dose oxybutynin chloride orally (PO) twice daily (BID) on days 8-49 (6 weeks) in the absence of unacceptable toxicity.

ARM B: Patients receive high-dose oxybutynin chloride PO BID on days 8-49 (6 weeks) in the absence of unacceptable toxicity.

ARM C: Patients receive low-dose placebo PO BID on days 8-49 (6 weeks). After 6 weeks, patients may cross over to Arm A per physician discretion.

ARM D: Patients receive high-dose placebo PO BID on days 8-49 (6 weeks). After 6 weeks, patients may cross over to Arm B per physician discretion.

There will be a 6-week follow-up for Arm C and Arm D patients who participate in the optional crossover phase.

Condition Prostate Carcinoma
Treatment questionnaire administration, quality-of-life assessment, Placebo Administration, Oxybutynin Chloride
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04600336
SponsorAlliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
Last Modified on26 July 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Men who are currently receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for the treatment of prostate cancer. ADT is defined by a history of orchiectomy, or ongoing usage of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists or antagonists. Men receiving next generation androgen axis inhibitor therapies including abiraterone, enzalutamide, apalutamide, and darolutamide are eligible
Patients must be on a stable dose of all hormone-directed therapies for at least 28 days prior to registration and must not be planning to discontinue this therapy for at least 42 days following registration. Patients receiving radiation therapy during the study period are eligible
Eligible patient must have bothersome hot flashes for >= 14 days prior to registration, defined by an occurrence of >= 28 times per week and of sufficient severity to cause the patient to seek therapeutic intervention
Life expectancy of greater than 6 months
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status - 0, 1, or 2
In order to complete the mandatory patient-completed measures, participants must be able to speak and/or read English

Exclusion Criteria

No current use or future planned use of any of the following agents during the study period: drugs that are not Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for use in humans, androgens, estrogens, progesterone analogs, gabapentin, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)/serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) anti-depressants, cholinergic agonists, cholinesterase inhibitors, or complementary/alternative medicine taken for the purpose of managing hot flashes. Prior use of these agents is permitted as long as they are discontinued before registration
No current or prior use of oxybutynin
Patients with a history of any of the following contraindications to oxybutynin are not eligible: gastroparesis or gastrointestinal obstructive disorders; significant gastric reflux symptoms not controlled by medication; ulcerative colitis; narrow-angle glaucoma; urinary retention requiring indwelling or intermittent self-catheterization within the prior 6 months; hypersensitivity to oxybutynin or any other components of the product; current uncontrolled hyperthyroidism; uncontrolled coronary artery disease or a history of myocardial infarction within the prior 12 months; New York Heart Association (NYHA) class II-IV congestive heart failure; symptomatic cardiac arrhythmias; current uncontrolled hypertension; myasthenia gravis; or dementia
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