Sensoril(Ashwaganhda)for Bipolar Disorder

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
K.N. Roy Chengappa, University of Pittsburgh
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00761761
First received: September 25, 2008
Last updated: January 11, 2013
Last verified: January 2013
  Purpose

The investigators hypothesis is that oral Sensoril® (as compared to placebo) will enhance cognitive abilities (specifically measures of attention, executive function, working memory, and visuospatial ability) in persons with bipolar disorder. Secondarily, the investigators hypothesize there will be secondary improvements in residual mood/anxiety symptoms, and metabolic indices, if impaired (fasting blood glucose and lipids).

The investigators aim to test these hypotheses by conducting a randomized, placebo controlled, add on treatment trial of Sensoril® (added to existing mood stabilizer treatment) recruiting 60 subjects with DSM IV-TR bipolar disorder for a period of 8 weeks. Measures of cognition, psychopathology and laboratory indices will be utilized for evaluating primary and secondary outcomes, along with safety assessments.


Condition Intervention Phase
Bipolar I Disorder
Bipolar II Disorder
Bipolar Disorder NOS
Drug: Sensoril
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Sensoril® (Ashwagandha) - A Standardized Extract From a Medicinal Plant - (Withania Somnifera) for Cognitive Enhancement in Persons With Bipolar Disorder: A Parallel Group, Randomized Double Blind, and Placebo Controlled Study

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Further study details as provided by University of Pittsburgh:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Sensoril® treatment of persons with bipolar illness will improve their cognitive outcomes, specifically, measures of attention and executive function, and verbal and visuopatial memory relative to placebo treatment. [ Time Frame: 8 week treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Sensoril® treatment will secondarily improve any residual mood/anxiety symptoms and impaired metabolic indices [ Time Frame: 8 week treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: October 2008
Study Completion Date: March 2011
Primary Completion Date: March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Sensoril(Ashwagandha)
Drug: Sensoril
Sensoril® (or placebo) will be administered using random assignment at a dose of 250mg/day, increasing to a dose of 500mg/day by the second week. The dose of 500mg (or 250mg if tolerability is an issue) will be continued for a total of 8 weeks.
Other Names:
  • Sensoril
  • Placebo
Placebo Comparator: 2
Placebo
Drug: Sensoril
Sensoril® (or placebo) will be administered using random assignment at a dose of 250mg/day, increasing to a dose of 500mg/day by the second week. The dose of 500mg (or 250mg if tolerability is an issue) will be continued for a total of 8 weeks.
Other Names:
  • Sensoril
  • Placebo

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate if Sensoril® treatment of persons with bipolar illness will improve their cognitive performance and if it will improve residual mood/anxiety symptoms and impaired metabolic indices.

RESEARCH PLAN:

We will conduct a randomized, placebo controlled, add on treatment trial of Sensoril® (added to ongoing prescribed pharmacological mood stabilizer) for a period of 8 weeks. Measures of cognition, psychopathology and laboratory indices will be utilized for evaluating primary and secondary outcomes, along with safety assessments.

METHODS:

Up to Seventy-six subjects with DSM IV bipolar I disorder will be recruited from Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Using a 1:1 randomization, subjects who sign an informed consent document will be randomized to receive Sensoril® or placebo.

It is expected that 16 of the 76 subjects may not meet inclusion/exclusion criteria, leaving 60 consenting adults (18 to 65 years) with DSM IV-TR Bipolar Disorder who will be assessed for euthymia (Young Mania Rating Scale Score of less than or equal to 10, Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale Score of less than or equal to 10) over the period of 4 weeks while receiving stable doses of their current mood stabilizer. They will also be assessed for cognitive dysfunction (attention/executive function, immediate and declarative memory, psychomotor performance) using Cogtest - a proprietary neuropsychological battery of tests. These subjects will be characterized for normal pre-morbid IQ, no ECT treatment in past 6 months, no alcohol or substance dependence in past 6 months, mini-mental state score of 23 or more.

Sensoril® (or placebo) will be administered using random assignment at a dose of 250mg/day, increasing to a dose of 500mg/day by the second week. The dose of 500mg (or 250mg if tolerability is an issue) will be continued fora total of 8 weeks. Sensoril® is not known to have interactions with psychotropic drugs, but mood-stabilizer levels will be monitored at the beginning and end of the study. The principal investigator has worked with a New Jersey based company (Natreon, Inc.) to obtain an IND from the FDA for Sensoril® treatment of cognitive dysfunction in persons with Bipolar disorder (IND #102616).

Standard psychopathology rating scales will be administered to evaluate impact if any on residual symptoms of bipolar disorder. Laboratory indices (glucose/lipids) will be evaluated at baseline and end of study. Safety will be assessed through a comprehensive health assessment, including medical history, and evaluation of laboratory measures. Any adverse effects will be assessed by asking questions at each visit, and if necessary, follow up via telephone contact or bringing subjects in for assessments outside the scheduled visits.

SIGNIFICANCE:

Cognitive dysfunction can seriously hinder improved functional outcomes in persons with bipolar disorder. If this short term intervention with Sensoril® shows promise, more definitive studies using adequate powered sample sizes, and of longer duration can be conducted. If improvements in cognitive problems are linked to improved functional outcomes using such supplemental treatments, an important therapeutic milestone in bipolar disorder will have been achieved.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • DSMIV-TR diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder
  • Ages 18 to 65
  • Men or Women
  • 8th grade education or greater
  • Able to provide competent written informed consent
  • Current main mood stabilizer and mood status (YMRS and MADRS scores less than or equal to 10) are stable for greater than or equal to 4 weeks by history.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Medically unstable conditions
  • Known allergy to Sensoril® (or Ashwagandha)
  • Current cognitive decline is attributable to a diagnosis of dementia or other neurological disorder
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Mini-mental score (MMSE) less than or equal to 23
  • Currently receiving donepezil, rivastigamine, or galatamine, or memantine or any marketed agent for slowing memory loss in dementia
  • Abnormal clinical thyroid status
  • Currently (or within past 2 weeks) receiving St. John's Wort, Gingko or Omega-3
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00761761

Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213-2593
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
Investigators
Principal Investigator: K. N. Roy Chengappa, MD Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided by University of Pittsburgh

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: K.N. Roy Chengappa, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00761761     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Chengappa Sensoril, Univ.Pitts IRB# PRO08060267
Study First Received: September 25, 2008
Last Updated: January 11, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by University of Pittsburgh:
Sensoril
Bipolar Illness
Cognitive enhancement

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bipolar Disorder
Affective Disorders, Psychotic
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders

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