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Valganciclovir (Valcyte) for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Who Have Elevated Antibody Titers Against Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6)and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)

The purpose of this study determine whether the drug valganciclovir has a significant and real benefit on the central core of symptoms experienced by patients who have high titers to EBV and HHV-6 and are experiencing long-standing fatigue and cognitive impairment (CFS).

In addition, to characterize a quantifiable biological marker in these patients that will facilitate the identification of those likely to respond to valganciclovir and will make it possible to assess response to treatment.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Stanford University


  • Drug: valganciclovir


Phase 1/Phase 2


Inclusion Criteria:

   1. Adult patients (≥ 18 years old).

   2. Patient understands and signs the Informed Consent.

   3. Patients who meet the clinical criteria for the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome
   as established by the International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study Group in 1994 [10].

   4. Patients who had a "viral onset" for their CFS.

   5. Patients whose CFS symptoms are not spontaneously improving and have plateau for at
   least 6 months.

   6. Patients with "high" antibody titers against HHV-6 IgG ≥ 640, EBV VCA IgG ≥ 640 and
   detectable EA Ab at 1:160 or HHV-6 IgG ≥ 320 if EBV VCA IgG ≥ 1280 and has detectable
   EA Ab at 1:160 (measured by the average of a minimum of two time points obtained
   during screening at least 3 weeks apart).

   7. Patient agrees to utilize two reliable methods of contraception combined throughout
   the study period and for 90 days following discontinuation of the Study Drug.

   8. Females of childbearing potential will have a negative pregnancy test at screening.

Exclusion Criteria:

   1. Patients who are found to have alternate medical and/or psychiatric causes for their
   fatigue (see guidelines established by the International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
   Study Group in 1994 [1].

   2. Patients with history of major depression with psychotic or melancholic features
   before the diagnosis of CFS or who are found to be actively depressed (major
   depression with psychotic or melancholic features) by the depression instrument used
   for the study and by a medical evaluation by a psychiatrist.

   3. Patients with other serious co-morbidities which according to the investigator may
   interfere with the ability of the patient to participate in the study

   4. Patients with history of substance abuse in the past year (excluding nicotine and
   caffeine) or positive urine test for substance abuse.

   5. Patients with any other known chronic viral orbacterial infection for which other
   treatment(s) is(are) available

   6. Patients with an active concurrent acute infection

   7. Patients with abnormal creatinine clearance (≤60ml/min)

   8. Patients with ANC ≤1500 /mm3

   9. Patients with Hb ≤ 10 g/dl

10. Patients with platelet count ≤ 100 000/mm3

11. Previous hypersensitivity or contraindication to Valganciclovir/ganciclovir

12. Patients taking other antiviral medications or who have received antiviral medications
   within the previous three months

13. Patients receiving other experimental therapy

14. Patient is simultaneously participating in another clinical trial

15. Patient requires the use of any prohibited concomitant medications (see Insert on
   VALCYTE prescribing information).

16. Women in childbearing age considering getting pregnant during the study period

17. Patient is a lactating female who will not discontinue nursing prior to study entry. -

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - N/A

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Not Recruiting