The Combination of Aripiprazole and Antidepressants in Psychotic Major Depression (Abilify)
The purpose of the study is to assess the safety and effectiveness of the combination of aripiprazole (Abilify) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in subjects with psychotic major depression.
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||The Combination of Aripiprazole and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) Antidepressants in the Acute Treatment of Psychotic Major Depression: Efficacy and Tolerability|
- Depression and Psychosis Response Rate [ Time Frame: Baseline and 7 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]This response rate refers to the percentage of patients who experienced a 50 percent or greater reduction in symptoms. Specifically, this refers to a 50 percent reduction in Hamilton Depression Rating Scale 17 (HAM-D-17) scores from baseline and no psychotic symptoms as measured by the Structured Clinical Interview for DMS-IV psychosis module. HAM-D-17 scores range from 0-50 with a score of >23 considered severely depressed and <7 to be mildly to not at all depressed.
- Depression and Psychosis Remission Rate [ Time Frame: Baseline and 7 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]This remission rate refers to a Hamilton Depression Rating Scale 17 (HAM-D-17) score of 7 or less and no psychotic symptoms as measured by the Structured Clinical Interview for DMS-IV psychosis module. HAM-D-17 scores range from 0-50 with a score of >23 considered severely depressed and <7 to be mildly to not at all depressed.
|Study Start Date:||June 2003|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: Major Depression with Psychotic Features||
Everyone in this study will receive aripiprazole and an antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). There is only one arm for this study.
Aripiprazole is an antipsychotic medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of schizophrenia.
You will receive aripiprazole (Abilify) and one of the following SSRI antidepressant medications that will be determined by the study doctor and you: sertraline (Zoloft), citalapram (Celexa), or escitalopram (Lexapro). The dose of aripiprazole (Abilify) will be 10 milligrams a day, and the starting doses for the SSRI anti-depressants will be: sertraline (Zoloft) 50 milligrams a day, citalopram (Celexa) 20 milligrams a day, and escitalopram (Lexapro) 10 milligrams a day.
Other Name: Abilify
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Massachusetts General Hospital|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114|
|Principal Investigator:||Matthews D John, MD||Massachusetts General Hospital|