A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Multicenter Study of the Effects of Glatiramer Acetate (GA) on the Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer (RNFL) and Visual Function in Patients With a First Episode of Acute Optic Neuritis (AON)
The main objective of the study is to determine whether glatiramer acetate 20 mg once daily reduces the amount of axonal loss in the optic nerve after a first event of acute optic neuritis compared to placebo patients and to generate data supporting the potential neuroprotective effect of glatiramer acetate in a human in vivo model of axonal loss.
• Age: 18 - 45 years
• Isolated, unilateral, first acute optic neuritis (AON) event consistent with inflammatory demyelinization, not explained by other etiologies. Onset of AON is defined by the presentation of visual disturbances.
• Able to provide written informed consent prior to enrollment
• Willing and able to comply with the protocol requirements for the duration of the study
• For women of child bearing potential:
• A negative urine pregnancy test o
• Willing to practice an acceptable method of birth control •
• Willing to receive a steroidal regimen