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If you’re dealing with pain in your feet, you may be interested in participating in the Rhapsody Study, designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of clonidine hydrochloride topical gel, 0.1%, for treating pain associated with diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage).

To qualify, you must be from 18 to 85 years of age, have diagnosed Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, be healthy enough to attend study visits, be able to self-apply the study treatment (or have a caregiver willing to apply the treatment), and have chronic pain in your feet as a result of diabetes. You must also be using an acceptable method of birth control and must not be pregnant or planning to conceive.

Participants in the study will receive either an investigational gel or an inactive placebo gel (neither the participants nor the investigators will know which gel they are receiving), study-related medical exams, lab tests, and an electrocardiogram (a medical test to check for heart problems) at no cost. They will need to attend up to 10 scheduled clinic visits, participate in two scheduled phone calls, and complete a brief daily diary by phone.

For more information about the study, and to find a participating doctor near you, visit the Rhapsody Study website.

And to learn more about coping with pain from nerve damage, click here to read the article “Controlling Neuropathic Pain: Tips From an Occupational Therapist.”

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.

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