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Naltrexone Treatment for Alcoholism

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
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Johns Hopkins University Identifier:
First received: November 2, 1999
Last updated: May 13, 2010
Last verified: May 2010
This study will evaluate the effectiveness of the medication naltrexone (Revia) for treating alcoholism. Individuals will be inpatients for a 2 week period and provide assessments of their alcohol withdrawal symptoms, craving, and mood. Following hospital discharge, individuals will be assigned randomly to receive naltrexone daily, naltrexone twice a day or a placebo. This part of the study will last 12 weeks, with regular measurements of drinking level, craving and mood. Assessments will be conducted 6 and 12 months after the beginning of the study.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: naltrexone (Revia)
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Naltrexone Treatment for Alcoholism: Predicting Outcome

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Further study details as provided by Johns Hopkins University:

Estimated Enrollment: 192
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2003

Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Meets criteria for alcohol dependence.
  • Committed to alcohol abstinence as a treatment goal.
  • Individuals will be required to identify two family members or close friends who are knowledgeable about their location, drinking behavior, and psychosocial status.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Meets criteria for any other psychoactive substance use disorder (excluding nicotine and caffeine).
  • Meets criteria for a major psychiatric disorder and are in need of or currently undergoing pharmacotherapy.
  • Females who are pregnant, lactating, or not using a reliable method of contraception.
  • Currently experiencing a serious medical condition that would place them at risk or interfere with study participation.
  • Experiencing acute hepatitis or liver failure or whose liver function test is more than 3 times normal.
  • Have a history of severe allergies, multiple adverse drug reactions or known allergy to naltrexone.
  • Vocabulary below the 5th grade reading level.
  • Abnormal MRI scan.
  • HIV infection due to the neurological sequelae.
  • Significant central nervous system diseases.
  • Seizure disorder or history of closed head trauma.
  • Neuroendocrine disorders.
  • Treatment with opiates within the last six months.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00000438

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mary E. McCaul, Ph.D., Professor, Johns Hopkins University Identifier: NCT00000438     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NIAAAMCC11855
R01AA011855 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: November 2, 1999
Last Updated: May 13, 2010

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Narcotic Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents processed this record on March 29, 2017